Sport Grading West Ham's transfer window

15:25  10 august  2018
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The latest on West Ham United transfers . Read transfer news and rumours, and get the details on done deals, completed ins and outs, and fees.

A report by the Daily Mail alleged Tony Henry, who was heavily involved in West Ham ’ s attempts to sign Dendoncker, told agents the club did not want to sign any African players in the transfer window .

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As Manuel Pellegrini walked through the door at the London Stadium, West Ham fans would have been cautiously optimistic. The manager was in place, but would the board back him with the cash? Spoiler alert: they did.

See how we rated West Ham’s summer transfer business.


Longing for a marquee signing for a few years now, the arrival of Felipe Anderson at the London Stadium will have shown the Hammers faithful that change was afoot in the east of the capital, as the club forked out £34 million for the 25-year-old.

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It is shocking to note that West Ham enjoyed a dominating 54% possession, but if you do nothing with the ball it’ s pointless. To replace them with nobody serves to highlight how poor this transfer window was.

His performances in West Ham ’ s final season at Upton Park were a major factor in Slaven Bilic’s side finishing seventh and qualifying for the Europa League. Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues.

Not content with one winger, the club then went out and poached Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund, the Ukrainian joining for a fee £18 million.

Keen to get stronger defensively, the Irons also added youthful centre-half Issa Diop, and grabbed the more experienced Fabian Balbuena to likely partner him in the heart of the back four.

The veteran goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski joined from Swansea for £7 million, hopefully bringing an end to West Ham’s recent goalkeeping woes.

In the midfield, Carlos Sanchez of World Cup red card fame was brought in from Fiorentina, and will stake an immediate claim to one of the defensive midfield positions. Up the pitch, Jack Wilshere’s free transfer stands up as one of the savviest pieces of business by any team this window, with the Englishman ready to show his trademark creativity in the claret shirt.

Grading Crystal Palace's transfer window

  Grading Crystal Palace's transfer window Crystal Palace’s transfer window seemed to explode into life with just a couple of weeks left before the deadline, and the Eagles were able to welcome a number of names for Roy Hodgson’s first full season in charge at Selhurst Park. See how we rated their summer business here: Arrivals Veteran goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is welcomed to South London as a free agent, his contract at Getafe running out at the conclusion of last season. The 31-year-old looks to mount an immediate challenge to incumbent gloveman Wayne Hennessey for the spot in the starting XI. Deadline day saw Palace scramble for a Danny Ings loan deal, eventually losing out to Southampton. Instead, Jordan Ayew arrives from Swansea to provide much needed depth across the forward line. Cheikhou Kouyate makes the trip across the capital from West Ham, with Palace forking out £9.5 for the defensive midfielder. The marquee signing of the window however came in the form of Max Meyer – the German joining on a free transfer from Schalke. With four Germany caps under his belt, the pedigree of the attacking midfielder is quite something for a 22-year-old. Superb business. Departures This section might as well read – ‘NOT WILFRIED ZAHA’. Hanging onto the Ivorian may well make all the difference for Palace this year, as it did last year. Premier League survival is all but assured with the 25-year-old in the team. Veterans Damien Delaney and Yohan Cabaye both left the club when their contracts expired.

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Right-back Ryan Fredericks was another free agent acquisition, and after his role in Fulham’s promotion-bound team, could be a day one starter for Pellegrini.

Deadline day saw West Ham announce Lucas Perez from Arsenal, the striker being a gloriously low risk signing at 29-years-of-age. A fee of £3 million means the bar is set low for the Spaniard, and even a few goals would go some way to justifying the move.


Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate headed out the door, bound for Crystal Palace for a price of £9.5 million. Youngsters Reece Burke and Domingos Quina were also sold, to Hull City and Watford respectively.

Loan chances came for forward Jordan Hugill at Middlesbrough and winger Sead Haksabanovic at Malaga.

What more could have been done?

The signing of Perez meant West Ham would leave the transfer window having signed a player in every position bar left-back, and as such, almost nothing more could have been done by this incredibly busy recruitment team.

Final Grade: A+

I must admit, West Ham have had my favourite window out of any other Premier League team. The commitment from the board to back their manager with an influx of talented personnel has been great to see, and I will look forward to watching the Hammers this season.

Stoke reject Newcastle's £2m bid for Erik Pieters .
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