Deja Vu For Hammers Fans As 'Last minute' Deal Revealed

Under fire West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan 'confided' with Sky Sports and Talkshite presenter Jim White that Hammers had made Stoke City a record breaking £25 Million offer in order to bring Joe Allen to the London Stadium on transfer deadline day. In a way Sullivan is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, but fans will have a more than familiar feeling about the club's January transfer window activities, in fact they have similar 'familiar' sentiments about the club's overall transfer activities and they are essentially, 'we have heard it all before'!
Leaving deals to the last minute is Daniel Levy territory, and like him or loathe him (loathe in our case at the Org) he is an expert at it, because 9 times out of 10 he gets it right. David Sullivan, and it is he alone that decides who arrives and leaves, has got serious previous when it comes to putting late, usually derogatory, bids in for high profile transfer targets, this propensity to smoke and mirror the situation has become much more acute since the ill judged move to the 'ironic' London Stadium. There are only a certain amount of times an owner can 'cry the transfer wolf' before their cry falls on deaf and increasingly angry disenfranchised ears, too often there have been promises of 'Rolls Royce' players only for clapped out Escorts to arrive on loan.

There really seems to be a reality gap appearing in the West Ham hiierarchy's actions, it is as if they refuse to recognise fan discontent and also have their heads buried in the sand with regards to the workings of other 'top flight' football clubs. The Premier League, with the exception of the top six, is comprised of a further fourteen teams desperate to maintain mid table safety or avoid the dreaded drop in to Championship oblivion, they are all prepared to spend big in order to maintain their status, the huge TV revenue they all receive has leveled the playing field financially, a fact that seems to have completely gone over the heads of Sullivan and Co.

What is clearly apparent is that fans have had enough, it won't stop most of them from going to matches, but the atmosphere will become increasingly toxic until the present regime eventually sell up, if and when they do, some of the promises of European football and moving to the next level might actually have a realistic chance of happening!

Final note, why did it never occur to anyone involved in the planning of the Boleyn to London Stadium move, that had the pitch could have been lowered by up to 6 meters which would have meant most of the original lower seating could have been made available for use. - Ed

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