West Ham steering well clear of free transfers after having fingers burnt by Wilshere and co

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West Ham signed JAck Wilshere on a free transfer Credit: PA Images
West Ham signed JAck Wilshere on a free transfer Credit: PA Images

The free transfer of an ageing journeyman looking for a final payday used to be the highlight of West Ham’s last-gasp transfer dealings, but not anymore.

Since the transfer window shut, West Ham have been linked with several unattached players including Diego Costa, Jason Denayer, Serge Aurier and Ross Barkley, who recently joined the Football Manager save that is Nice.

But now West Ham aren’t that interested in picking up free agents because they haven’t had a summer pre-season and, due to the World Cup break, wouldn’t be fully up and running until the New Year.

In the past the Irons’ faithful would be delighted to see an underwhelming pro rock up at the club only for them to make minimal impact before being shipped out a few months later considerably richer.

Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Samir Nasri, Patrice Evra, Sofiane Feghouli, Alvaro Arbeloa, Harvard Nordtveit, Nene and who can forget the the walking goalkeeping disaster area that was Roberto, are just a few of the more recent free agent ‘highlights’ that West Ham took a chance on.

But now the sparkly cauldron of the London Stadium requires, nay demands, a higher calibre of player, a positive goal difference and a charge for European football. Crappo free transfers shouldn’t really be West Ham’s thing anymore.

West Ham transfer expert ExWHUemployee believes the free transfer route is a path the club is trying to avoid.

“There are a few other decent players out there on a free. So I actually contacted the club today and said, ‘would we be looking to sign any of them?” he said on his most recent podcast.

“And they said bar a massive injury crisis, probably not because they haven’t had a summer pre-season. So it takes 6-8 weeks for them to get fit anyway, which takes you up to the World Cup break, which then takes you up to pretty much January.”

Sounds like the West Ham board are starting to finally see sense, but even the usually reliable EX has been wrong-footed by the ‘Dildo Brothers’ and their love of a last-minute rummage through the bargain bin. Apart from last January when they totally forgot to sign a striker…again!!!!

But this being West Ham there’s always an injury crisis around the corner. New signing Nayef Aguerd was crocked in a pre-season match and hasn’t been seen since.

Those old enough to remember might already be getting Simon Webster and Richard Hall vibes from the Moroccan international. Webster and Hall were marquee centre-back signings in the 1990s, both players were injured before the new campaign kicked off and both made fewer than ten league appearances for the club.

So given their injury record is pretty shocking, West Ham will probably dip their fishing rod in the free transfer waters again, totally ignore the big pike that is Costa and in true West Ham style hook 32-year-old stickleback Danny Rose instead. He has got 29 England caps after all…29!!! How?

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