When David Moyes returned as West Ham manager for the 2nd time he must have been all too aware of the legendary Hammers new signing injury curse, so as a person known for carrying out his due diligence to 'crime scene investigation' levels it should have come as no surprise when his marquee signing Nayef Aguerd promptly got injured in his first game for the club.
Forest: Henderson, Worrall, Mangala, Williams, Awoniyi, Lingard, O'Brien, Toffolo, Niakhate, Johnson, McKenna. Subs: Hennessey, Biancone, Cook, Soh, Surridge, Mighten, Cafu, Taylor, Hammond.
West Ham: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Antonio, Bowen, Benrahma. Subs: Areola, Randolph, Scamacca, Lanzini, Downes, Cornet, Coventry, Ashby.
Nikola Vlasic looks to be ending his ill fated Premier League return by moving to Serie A and Torino, initially on loan but with a non obligatory option to buy after one season. On the face of it Torino only paying £2.1 Million to cover part of Vlasic’s wages and a full transfer price IF Torino want to make the deal permanent of only £12.6 Million is appalling business by West Ham and David Moyes, how ever this being West Ham things are rarely as straight forward as they seem.
Hammers recent transfer activity, or lack of it as some fans perceive, has taken on an entirely new dynamic of late although it may not seem obvious to those not within the club's inner sanctum. New 2nd highest share owner Daniel Kretinsky's arrival was heralded by many as the 'start of something special', unfortunately as with many 'special events' of the past at the club the much heralded fireworks ended up as a damp squib!
West Ham: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Lanzini, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio Subs: Areola, Randolph, Scamacca, Vlasic, Downes, Benrahma, Coventry, Okoflex, Ashby
City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Grealish, Haaland, Foden Subs: Ortega, Phillips, Stones, Alvarez, Silva, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand
What is it with big tall 6'4" or 6'5" French defenders and midfielders of African descent? There is a spate of them and then, just like Policemen and Busses, there are none around when you really need them! Well true to form just as Hammers midfield target Amadou 'another one' Onana gets snaffled by rampant inflationists Everton, a similarly 'statuesque' tall French defender has emerged in the form of PSV Eindhoven's Ibrahim Sangare.
Authur Masuaku has joined Turkish side Besiktas on a season's loan with an option to buy, Hammers will be payng 50% of 'King' Authur's wages. Masuaku's exit has intensified Hammers search for a replacement and the club
have reignited their interest in Burnley's versatile winger Maxwel Cornet after growing frustrated with their pursuit of Frankfurt's Filip Kostic.
According to a raft of media sources including the BBC, West Ham have had a bid of between £28-40 Million depending on which source you care to use accepted by Lille for Amadou Onana.
The numbers involved in the deal for the 6'5" 20 year old midfielder are staggering for several reasons, so let's extrapolate the details. As recently as the end of May of this year Onana was valued at around £9 Million by Transfer market and listed as earning as little as £5,500 per week.