ExWHUEmployee Exclusive Column: Our transfer deadline activity explained here
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 31 January 2016 at 9:28pm
So here is my latest column on the eve of the transfer deadline day and we have just announced the signing of Emeneke on loan until the end of the season via www.thewesthamway.co.uk writer Jack Sullivan. This is a transfer that I exclusively revealed was happening two weeks ago here:
He has a lot of potential to be a very useful player for the club. He is big, strong and quick and has all the attributes to fit in quickly in the Premier League. He has been a top scorer at the African Nations Cup in 2013 and has almost averaged a goal every two games throughout his career. The deal does not include a final purchase fee despite what is being reported because we couldn’t get his agent to agree to it, which has meant the deal has dragged on. I can also confirm that there is no such deal for us to pay £11m euros for him if he plays 10 games. The transfer has been described by top club sources as “the longest deal we have ever had to conclude” so the clubs hierarchy obviously believe this is a deal worth doing. Thankfully he is also match fit and will go straight into the squad for the Villa game. This deal should give us four very competent Premier League forwards something which we haven’t had in many previous seasons and shows the good work of the chairman.
The club expect to make NO further first team signings, something which David Gold hinted at in his tweet last night. The club expect Carroll back in one week and Sakho and Lanzini back in two so do not believe they need anyone. Jelavic will leave to China a story first mentioned exclusively in this column http://www.thewesthamway.co.uk/#!ExWHUEmployee-Column-Jelavic-set-to-leave-Zarate-could-follow-Zaza-in/maip4/5692ca580cf263fc5a82916a soon. At the moment we will probably hold onto him until Carroll and Sakho return as the Chinese season is yet to start. Although this could change at ANY point as we do not want to stand in the way of the deal so will cooperate fully.
I can confirm however that Steven Fletcher will not be joining. I regret my “spat” with Darren Lewis over this and it was out of character as such. I have heard from journalists that I respect that he is a decent bloke and have tried to say sorry three times now. I have had a tough week but that doesn’t excuse it at all. I wish I had just said I don’t think he will join, sat back with a cigar as one follower said and left it at that. Anyway we move on…..
There will be some players leaving especially at youth level. Jordan Brown who was a highly rated youngster who we signed from Arsenal has been on trial in Germany in the third division and whilst he was there a higher league club has noticed him and hope to conclude a deal to sign him. Terry Westley is actively looking to loan out a number of players. There could be some big names such as Cullen, Oxford and Howes potentially getting loan moves. The moves have to be to clubs where Westley thinks they will get first team football at a competitive level as he firmly believes this is the best way to develop a young player with Burke, Poyet and Samuelsen being the obvious examples.
We have also finalised the naming rights to the stadium, something that I have reported in previous columns but due to a few disputes still going on with the stadium it cannot be announced just yet. It is said to be very profitable for the club and the last I heard the company involved will come up with some options for the fans to vote on for the new name. Next year’s kit has also been designed and it is looking very nice for the new stadium apparently.
We have many exciting projects coming with the site. Please make sure that you also follow our twitter account which will be providing details of all the latest transfers from across the English leagues plus any exclusive news that we can bring about West Ham. I admit now though there may not be very much to report, especially in terms of buys.
It has been a great window for the club and once again our future is very exciting. COYI