The list reads like a footballing recruitment crime sheet of an offender who will never mend their ways despite all their "I promise I will Guvnor" protestations. Perennial offenders David Sullivan and David "I was born in Green Street" Gold, aided and abetted by the patroness of the dark arts herself Lady Brady, preceded over a litany of failures which veered between the ludicrous and the unlucky, the one thing all the signings had in common was a lack of due diligence in exchange for a bargain 'once in lifetime opportunity financed on the never' mentality.
We have left the list until the end of the article in case you are viewing on your phone and don't want to risk running your battery too low! But it is frightening.. So when it came to striker number FIFTY during the board's tenure there was a distinct feeling that the RIGHT player had to be signed, although early green shoots had been poking through the manure that progress was being made with the knowledgeable and approved signing of players like Jarrod Bowen, made by the manager FOR the TEAM, not for the board, nor for the fans, but for the good of the team, again NOT to appease disenfranchised fans!
Hammers HAVE had a slight advantage over some clubs during this transfer window due to the ability to pay for deals up front or at least on terms that are ACCEPTABLE to the selling teams, this makes a massive difference in many ways. The main thrust being David Moyes ability to switch transfer targets should the selling club or player begin to have cold feet or get greedy, such has been the case with the club's acquisition of Gianluca Scamacca instead of long sought after target Armano Broja from Chelsea who were insisting on a loan or buy back deal.
We are NOT saying that Broja won't turn up at Hammers 'goose green' training ground in the next couple of weeks, but if he does arrive, it will be on David Moyes's terms, NOT Chelsea's. Moyes is looking to build on the progress made by his side during his 2nd full campaign in charge, and he sees players like Broja as an important part of that vision for the future. The West Londoners might have had their debt written off, but they don't have their sugar daddy to go out and finance flights of fancy' anymore, they will now have to operate like a proper business and seek board approval for significant outlays, of which there need to be many!
Broja had been watched continuously by Moyes and Rob Newman last season and it was decided that they would sanction a move for the Slough born 20 year old Albanian, he scored a few goals on loan at Southampton and was looking to get game time when Chelsea decided to send Romelu Lukaku out on loan, leaving them extremely light in the striking department.
Broja has been compared with Erling Haaland, and his performances for Chelsea's under-23s side earned him his loan deal to the Saints last season, but it is highly doubtful if the 'Saints can come marching in' for him due to the finances involved, also he has attracted attention from other clubs. Gamers may participate in the auction if they play JokerCasino online come September. Broja is contracted at Chelsea who are ONLY interested in doing a loan deal, but the youngster could become disenfranchised and a further deal could be on the cards as he looks to gain first-team experience elsewhere.
As it is West Ham have done really well to attract Scamacca to East london, but if they could somehow find a way of 'buying' Broja it would be seen as a major coup, part of a controlled attempt at breaking into the top six of the Premier league on a regular basis.
With those thoughts in mind the list of 'crimes' below won't make such BAD reading. - Ed
Mido: 2010 (Goals: 0)
Benni McCarthy: 2010 (Goals: 0)
Frederic Piquionne: 2010 (Goals: 11)
Ilan: 2010 (Goals: 4)
Pablo Barrera: 2010 (Goals: 0)
Victor Obinna: 2010 (Goals: 8)
Demba Ba: 2010 (Goals: 7)
Robbie Keane: 2011 (Goals: 2)
Sam Baldock: 2011 (Goals: 5)
Brian Montenegro: 2011 (Goals: 0)
John Carew: 2011 (Goals: 2)
Nicky Maynard: 2012 (Goals: 4)
Joe Dixon: 2012 (Goals: 0)
Ricardo Vaz Te: 2012 (Goals: 19)
Andy Carroll: 2012 (Goals: 34)
Wellington Paulista: 2013 (Goals: 0)
Marouane Chamakh: 2013 (Goals: 0)
Sean Maguire: 2012 (Goals: 0)
Modibo Maiga: 2013 (Goals: 7)
Mladen Petric: 2013 (Goals: 0)
Carlton Cole: 2013 (Goals: 8)
Jaanai Gordon: 2014 (Goals: 0)
Marco Borriello: 2014 (Goals: 0)
Mauro Zarate: 2014 (Goals: 7)
Enner Valencia: 2014 (Goals: 10)
Diafra Sakho: 2014 (Goals: 24)
Nene: 2015 (Goals: 0)
Martin Samuelsen: 2015 (Goals: 0)
Nikica Jelavic: 2015 (Goals: 2)
Luka Belic: 2015 (Goals: 0)
Michail Antonio: 2015 (Goals: 60)
Emmanuel Emenike: 2016 (Goals: 2)
Sofiane Feghouli: 2016 (Goals: 4)
Toni Martinez: 2016 (Goals: 0)
Ashley Fletcher: 2016 (Goals: 1)
Simone Zaza: 2016 (Goals: 0)
Jonathan Calleri: 2016 (Goals: 1)
Andre Ayew: 2016 (Goals: 12)
Marko Arnautovic: 2017 (Goals: 22)
Javier Hernandez: 2017 (Goals: 17)
Jordan Hugill: 2018 (Goals:0)
Oladapo Afolayan: 2018 (Goals: 1)
Andriy Yarmolenko: 2018 (Goals: 10)
Xande Silva: 2018 (Goals: 0)
Lucas Perez: 2018 (Goals: 6)
Mesaque Dju: 2019 (Goals: 0)
Sebastien Haller: 2019 (Goals: 14)
Albian Ajeti: 2019 (Goals: 0)
Jarrod Bowen: 2020 (Goals: 26)
Gianluca Scamacca: 2022 (Goals: TBC)