West Ham’s transfer window becomes even more farcical!
Even by West Ham standards, this past January transfer window was up there with amongst their worst ever.
West Ham are in a relegation dogfight, and David Moyes needed player additions.
Especially as the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll are facing long injury lay-offs.
Instead, West Ham did a lot less business than many expected. Joao Mario joined on loan from Inter Milan.
West Ham fans rage at Jordan Hugill signing
And, on transfer deadline day West Ham signed striker Jordan Hugill from Preston.
Considering in the summer West Ham fans were delighted to bring in Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hugill does not compare in terms of his standing in the world game.
The former non-league striker could well go on to impress at the London Stadium, but there are many fearful Hammers supporters right now.
To add insult to injury, two stories have since emerged after the window slammed shut that paint West Ham in a very bad light.
The first broke on Thursday and involved West Ham recruitment chief Tony Henry, who allegedly said he wanted to limit African players in the Hammers squad.
Leicester refuse to do transfer business with West Ham
On Friday, a new story has emerged which explains why Algerian striker Islam Slimani joined Newcastle and not West Ham.
The Hammers were interested in Slimani, but Leicester refused to do business with the London side.
And, it is all due to West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.
She has managed to cause the ire of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in her Sun column.
Karren Brady vs the Leicester owners!
Brady wrote last year in The Sun a damning piece on Claudio Ranieri’s sacking as Leicester manager:
“A fellow Premier League director reports that last night he bumped into the Leicester chairman at London’s most expensive wine shop. The Leicester owner told him they’d sacked Claudio Ranieri.
“He then casually settled his bill for wine and champagne. Since the sum was close to £500,000 I guess the compensation to his old manager is pocket change. At least the owner can drown his sorrows in style!”
So, when West Ham enquired about Slimani late on in the January transfer window, Leicester refused to discuss a transfer.
West Ham apologise to no avail!
West Ham and Brady have made repeated apologies but have failed to convince Leicester to change their minds.
So, Riyad Mahrez can cross off West Ham as a possible destination, should he ever leave Leicester!
Ultimately, you have to admire Leicester and their owners. They refused to sell Mahrez to Manchester City as it was too late to bring in a replacement, and have dealt superbly with West Ham!
The big winners from all this were Newcastle, who signed Islam Slimani and will hope his goals will keep them up!