The Ex Files: Pellegrini takes the blame as Irons close the chequebook…

The window started with us needing to sell players and wanting to shift some of the high earners

Before the transfer window opened the line coming out of the club was that we had no money.

The reasons given were due to poor spending from Pellegrini and the cost of bringing in Pellegrini and his staff plus the money lost because of the global pandemic. 

Whilst I am not an expert on our finances it does always seem frustrating that we always have an excuse for not spending.

So the window started with us needing to sell players and wanting to shift some of the high earners such as Anderson, Lanzini, Yarmolenko and Wilshire.

The problem is if these high profile players are not performing for a Premier League club that just avoided relegation, why would another club that could possibly afford them want them? 

This has meant that despite us pimping out these players across Europe, no-one has wanted to take them. As I write this, Anderson is likely to go out to Porto and we paid Jack Wilshere £3.75m to pay up his contract but it’s too little too late.

The only players that we managed to shift at the start were Ajeti and Hugill both back-up forwards and for less than £10m.

In order to raise funds David Sullivan took the gamble to sell academy prospect and player favourite Grady Diangana for under £20m.

This move did not go down well at all with the club captain Mark Noble speaking out on this as well as other players. We were told that this money would be reinvested. 

So we did sign Coufal from Slavia Prague but this wasn’t the original strategy to sign a right back. 

This signing was forced due to the injury to Fredericks and the fear that he will always have periods of injuries. The player was recommended by his former team mate Soucek.  

If his first game against Leicester is anything to go by, he looks a good signing like Soucek and maybe we should just buy from this club going forward. 

We made it very clear that we wanted to sign a centre back too. I have lost count of the amount of centre backs that we have put an offer in for this window.

We started off chasing British-based players in Phil Jones, John Stones and Shane Duffy. We then ruled out the first two due to their wages and then Duffy preferred a move to his boyhood club of Celtic.

Then we had the high-profile pursuit of James Tarkowski of Burnley another player who wasn’t keen to join and another whose price we couldn’t agree.

We bid for Wesley Fofana who joined Leicester City and then for a number of players based in Italy.

Again a combination of transfer fees not being met and players not wanting to join us stopped these offers.  

Then we moved for Caleta-Car of Marseille but once more his reason for not joining us was that he wanted to stay and play Champions League football.

We also had a loan offer in for the German defender Tah, again they wanted a permanent deal and not a loan.

So then on deadline day we moved for Tomori of Chelsea who turned us down right at the end because he wasn’t convinced on the move.

The Championship window is open until October 16 and writing this as the window has slammed shut, I feel that we could still do some business here.

Craig Dawson is a target that I first reported at the start of the window and one I think we could still explore. 

We did like Rodon of Swansea but he seems on the brink of a move to Spurs now.  Should Anderson move on there is a chance that we could move for Benrahma of Brentford.

What he and Dawson have in common is the agent Will Salthouse. Someone who I have mentioned in previous articles.

Eze of Crystal Palace was a player that we also liked at the start of the window but unfortunately again we didn’t have the cash and had too many players in that position. 

The worrying thing for me in this window is that our recruitment strategy appears again to be very scattergun.

We have put in so many bids for different centre backs and a couple of midfielders here and there.

It seems that as soon as one rejects us we move to another, whereas other clubs do not seem to make as many offers as we do, they have a shortlist and they do all they can to sign those on it. 

As I have said at the time of going to press, the Championship window is still open and I think we could dabble in this. 

If you wish to hear more about future deals please tune in to The West Ham Way podcast which is available every Thursday morning, on the usual podcast platforms.  

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