As we approach the beginning of the 'window that never was' for West Ham United, it is common knowledge regarding the lack of funds available, the club is currently borrowing large amounts of money just to survive during the Covid-19/20/21 Pandemic! So when rumours regarding an ex-tottenham and an ex-arsenal, now Chelsea, player began to circulate they were greeted with a fair amount of scepticism.
West Ham cannot afford either Christian Eriksen nor Oiver Giroud, there is an argument that the arrival of both players would help the club push for one of the coveted European places at the end of the season, however another line of thought is that neither player would come cheap or anywhere near that, also Giroud is the wrong side of 30 years old and the Irons have had more than their fair share of highly paid ageing duds!
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed Eriksen has been placed on the transfer list and WILL leave in January after a nightmare 12 months at San Siro, “Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list,” Marotta told Sky Sports.
“He’s going to leave in January. He’s not functional to our plans and he has had difficulty here at Inter. I think it’s right that Christian goes away to find more space.
At 28 Eriksen still has plenty to offer, and he is well acquainted with the demands of the Barclays Premier League having spent seven seasons with tottenham before his disastrous move to Italy, there will be lots of competition to sign Eriksen, who favours a move back to the capital, from other clubs, and do West Ham fans really want an ex-tottenham player in the ranks?
Giroud on the other hand has a distinct agenda which involves him getting as much game time as possible in order to ensure he plays in the delayed Euro 2020 finals for France, the issue is like many players in their 30's, Giroud is only one tackle away from a lengthy and costly spell on the sidelines, a situation that West Ham are used to but a route they cannot undertake anymore.
Fans are always screaming out for 'one of our own' to make the step up from the U-23's to the first team squad, well given the circumstances, now seems as good a time as any to go down that route, and who knows, there might even be a hidden gem just waiting for the opportunity? Rather that than an extremely wealthy player who has no need to shine 'oop north' on a wet and windy evening! - Ed