Say what you want about West Ham but you cannot deny they’re dramatic. After signing pretty much everybody under the sun last summer, the Hammers have kept calm and composed this window- but now Slaven Bilic has delved into his war-chest to seal big business in the past week.
Joe Hart was the first to arrive at the London Stadium in the past seven days, signing on-loan from Manchester City and joining former Citizens team-mate Pablo Zabaleta as a result, and the Hammers are closing in on the signatures of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen and Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City.
Those four additions made this summer instantly improve West Ham’s first-team, with Arnautovic crucially filling the void left by Dimitri Payet’s unceremonious exit in January and Hernandez presenting West Ham with the top-class striker they’ve been lacking in recent years.
Bilic’s business is far from complete though and he’ll now be looking to improve the depth within his squad, with The Sun reporting that the Hammers are set to sign midfielder Badou N’Diaye to provide more competitiveness in the centre of the park.
The 25-year-old is due to arrive from Turkish outfit Osmanlispor and West Ham are utilising the expertise that Croatian boss Bilic developed during his spell in charge of Besiktas, which came prior to his move to the Premier League.
It may not be the only midfield move for West Ham either, as the club continue to be linked with Arsenal misfit Jack Wilshere. That deal would certainly raise eyebrows due to the midfielder’s poor injury record but he has the capability to be a star at the London Stadium, should he put his previous problems behind him.
With the major moves that West Ham have made bringing Zabaleta, Hart, Arnautovic and Hernandez to East London, the Hammers can now afford to try more risky moves in the market in an attempt to make their side stronger, which could see a move for someone like Wilshere materialise.
They’ll certainly need to hit the ground running though as the Athletics Championships being held at the London Stadium mean the Hammers will start the new campaign with three difficult away trips to visit Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United.