It's All Falling Into Place-Hammers Signings Update!

Fans relentless viewing of media snippets regarding player acquisitions will become more acute as the impending opening fixtures of the Barclays Premier League loom large. West Ham, along with several other top six clubs, appear to have done next to nothing about signing players and the 'natives' are understandably getting restless!

Well, there appears to be a little bit of light glimmering at the end of the tunnel for fans' hopes, in fact a couple of glimmers. Having apparently gone cold on their interest in Slavia Prague''s Abdallah Sima, Hammers negotiating team have re-opened negotiations with the club that they have already established a good working relationship with. David Moyes is believed to have 'pushed the button' as a result of Chelsea's intransigent valuation of his prime striker target Tammy Abraham.

Abdallah Sima missed Slavia Prague’s clash with FC Fastav Zlin amid claims that West Ham are about to table a bid, the Irons had initially been put off by Slavia's sky high valuation, a figure reached possibly as a result of the club seeing just how well and what 'extremely good value' both Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have been since their move to the Barclays Premier League,

Slavia probably felt they had under valued their players and as a consequence hyper inflated Sima's price tag, it is their right to place whatever value they wish on their players, however if they do need to sell, but were hoping to pump up the value, their plan has back fired.They assumed there would be interest throughout Europe for an attacker who can play in a variety of positions up front and is capable of playing as a central striker, as well as both a right and a left winger.

Slavia have just signed Ivan Schranz from FK Jablonec on a three year deal, they do not have the luxury of being able to afford a surfeit of forwards, if you thought the Covid pandemic had made clubs catch a cold domestically, then looking at the fall out in Europe you would have to say clubs in the East and in France are having a bout of pneumonia threatening to lead to pleurisy!

Slavia’s president Jaroslav Tvrdik has confirmed that Sima could leave this summer and has made the claim that Hammers remain keen on striking a deal before the transfer window closes, he is quoted as saying "With the arrival of Ivan Schranz we have acquired an attacking player who can play four positions in our system."

When questioned further regarding a possible deal to take Sima to the London Stadium, Tvrdik became slightly recalcitrant, he did however say it would be 'nice' if Sima could link up with his former team mates, "they would make him feel welcome, which is very important if you are switching Leagues and continents".

Of course as this transfer involves money 'empty bags' West Ham, there is a problem which is a stumbling block, but one that it is hoped can be overcome, namely the structure of the deal. Unsurprisingly Hammers want to take Sima on loan for a fee, with an option to buy. Slavia on the other hand, would obviously prefer to negotiate a permanent transfer, however given the good relationship between the clubs, if anyone can, West Ham can!

We have also just heard encouraging news with regards to the opening of negotiations for Matheus Pereira from West Brom, what gives this story legs is the fact that the cash strapped Baggies still owe West Ham a fair chunk of change from the Grady Diangana sale, this deal could work out well for all parties, the stumbling block on this one will be West Bom's valuation of Matheus Pereira, they will bear in mind the 'top dollar' they paid for Diangana.

Hopefully these deals will be in place ahead of the Betway Cup fixture against Altalanta that precedes the beginning of the season, but the nature of the transfer window is such that deals transacted by 'smaller' clubs tend to be done after the bigger clubs have completed their business, thus freeing up players for the final day transfer merry go round, it's enough to turn you to drink isn't? - Ed



hammergirl's picture

And this girl will not believe it until they take to the field in the Claret and Blue.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

with you hammergirl on that one!

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