West Ham fans have witnessed an exciting week in East London as the Hammers have started getting going properly in the transfer window, adding Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic to the early addition of Pablo Zabaleta.
Slaven Bilic’s side endured an indifferent transfer window 12 months ago, where a wealth of players were added but the majority of which failed to excite and provide an impact in the Premier League, which led to a disappointing debut campaign at the London Stadium as the Hammers flirted with relegation.
West Ham are keen to ensure that was a minor blip though and still have ambitions of joining the big boys at the top end of the Premier League standings, with Bilic’s side looking to compete with the likes of Everton and Southampton in the race for European football next season.
Things are likely to settle down at West Ham now following a dramatic week but fans can still expect to see some additions added, with co-chairman David Sullivan refusing to rule-out a move for Arsenal outcast Jack Wilshere.
Quoted by The Daily Express, Sullivan responded to a question regarding Wilshere by saying:
“I can’t comment on players on other clubs but all I would say is midfield is not a position we’re looking for. We’ve got very good midfielders at the club but never say never.”
Sullivan went on to say the Hammers transfer strategy won’t work in the long-term but it’s crucial to providing an immediate improvement, after seeing players signed with the future in mind struggling last season.
“We had a policy up to now to buy players for tomorrow, not today. We made a decision with manager [Slaven Bilic] to buy players proven in the Premier League, who’ve been here before and who are of an age where they’re not being bought for tomorrow – but today.”
“Long term it’s not a great strategy but short term it is. Hopefully we’ll buy one or two more players, investments in the future, while at the same time doing what’s best for the club.”
With the four signings so far boasting an incredible 724 Premier League appearances between them, the new quartet should be able to hit the ground running immediately and ease the threat of the new recruits struggling to settle into their new surroundings.