Finally it appears as if West Ham have managed to break their self imposed transfer embargo, the frenzied activity of the last few days seem to finally be paying off as the club looks forward to welcoming the off the radar loan signing of Liverpool's Divock Origi to its ranks. It may not be the marquee type of signing fans wanted, more of a one man tent, but at least it is a bit of fresh blood to liven up the squad.
This will be the last transfer window that Hammers go into with one arm tied behind their backs, as the fall out form David Moyes's predecessor Manuel Pellegtini's excesses will finally draw to a close. Just starting with a fresh slate will be an inspiration to Moyes, who has had to somehow negotiate his way forward while being manacled by the incredibly unbalanced squad he inherited.
One by one Pellegrini's signings are exiting the club, leaving only Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals remaining. The amount of money wasted by the Chilean, who now incidentally manages Real Betis on a shoe string, was nothing short of criminal with the club continuing to pay for his extravagancies.
Origi's availability has only just been confirmed, following the Anfield outfit's capture of Luis Diaz from Porto, so this one will take a bit of doing, but it is far more practical than pursuing players who are owned by clubs unwilling to sell during this window. The fact that David Sullivan's old mucker Will Salthouse is Origi's agent should be the banker, but then nothing is guaranteed until the player has signed on the dotted line.
Next season all that will change, UNFORTUNATELY the golden opportunity the last two seasons have presented Hammers to gatecrash the top four will NOT present itself again for some considerable time, so unless the club can pull off some seismic deals during the remaining ELEVEN HOURS, it might be a case of what might have been. - LN