West Ham Transfers

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West Ham Transfers (incoming):

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Sebastian Haller ($45.5M transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt): As the most expensive West Ham transfer of the season (at least so far), Haller comes from Eintracht Frankfurt in with substantial expectations. The center forward will most likely be assuming the now-vacant role with Arnautovic’s departure. In his last season with the Bundesliga, he would make 41 total appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals with 12 assists. If Haller can provide anywhere near this level of production, it would be a substantial upgrade over what Arnautovic was able to offer. While dealing with some intermittent injuries, Arnautovic provided 12 goals and four assists in 31 appearances. There is a substantial difference between the scoresheets of these two players.

After a relationship breakdown between Arnautovic and West Ham, he was moved out of the club cheaply. Haller will be the only striker with top-tier experience currently on the first-team roster. I expect Haller to jump right into the first team and have the striker position on lockdown. He may eventually be joined by members of West Ham’s U23 team, but I think they will only play a complementary role. Haller came in as a big-money signing with the expectation that he starts and scores goals, and personally, I think he’ll do just that.

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Pablo Fornals ($32M transfer from Villarreal): Fornals brings a lot of versatility with him as he’s played almost every midfield position possible. He made a total of 50 appearances for Villarreal last season across all competitions resulting in five goals and an additional six assists. Fornals played all over the midfield for Villarreal playing only about 60% of the time in his preferred attacking midfield role. West Ham played most often in a 4-1-4-1 position with Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass playing attacking midfielders. I think that Fornals will probably slide into one of these positions at least on a rotation basis. Both Noble and Snodgrass are older than 32, so I believe Pelligrini is likely to rest them for often, which should open up more playing time. I am excited to see Fornals play with Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson; they could be a creative force to be reckoned with.

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David Martin (Free Transfer from Millwall): Martin joins the club as the third member of the goalkeeping core. I think he’ll probably be buried in the depth chart as the third-choice. He made 11 appearances last season for the Championship side, Millwall, where we would allow 11 goals but also kept four clean sheets.

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Roberto (Free Transfer from Espanyol): Roberto left Espanyol with the expiration of his contract after joining them in 2016. He served as the backup goalkeeper at Espanyol in the most recently concluded season making six appearances, all in the Copa del Rey. In those appearances, the team went 2-2-2, and he conceded a total of 9 goals with one clean sheet. He seems to be set to have a similar role at West Ham after being awarded the number 13 shirt behind Fabianski’s number 1. West Ham brought in two keepers to replace former backup Adrian who left on a free. The elder statesman looks set to compete for the secondary role in the team with David Martin (whom I expect him to beat out). It does, however, bring the average age of the three-person goalkeeping core to 34.5 without an heir apparent.

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Reece Oxford (Return from loan/$2.3M Transfer to FC Augsburg): Oxford returns to the club from a second-half paid loan (~$600k) with FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga. The center back started the season with the first team although he would not make an appearance for them. At the end of January, he was sent to Augsburg where we would make eight appearances (6 starts) out of eleven opportunities. The 20-year old also provided an assist for the Bundesliga side. I think that Oxford likely remains with West Ham this season. I expect him only to give rotational relief to the current center back pairing of Diop and Balbuena. However, he could be sent on loan again to see how he fares with more top-flight soccer opportunities. Update: Apparently, the West Ham coaching staff don’t believe he’ll even provide rotational relief and he has been transferred to FC Augsburg for a little over $2M.

West Ham Transfers (outgoing):

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Marco Arnautovic ($28.5M transfer to SIPG): Arnautovic was shipped off to China very cheaply, reportedly for some concerns about him fitting in with the team, behavior, etc. His last two seasons with West Ham are actually among the most prolific he’s had in the Premier League (he had one 11-goal season with Stoke in 2015-2016). As he’s moved into a primary goalscorer, his assists have decreased slightly, but I think that’s to be expected. I can’t fault the club here for wanting to move a toxic asset out. I think they’ve done reasonably well after failing to sell him in the January transfer window.

I think they probably could have gotten more for him, although I do believe that the reports coming out of London hampered his value. I think this is a good move for the club even if the transfer is really valued only at the initial fee. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a sell-on or further performance incentives back to West Ham involved in the deal. West Ham acquired several players last season for little or no fee. I think it was well worth shipping off a disruptive piece. Even if it’s below market value for him. However, the fans might be a little upset with the move because he did produce a lot of the team’s goals (and some crucial/game-winning ones).

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Pedro Obiang ($9M transfer to Sassuolo): Obiang will transfer away from the club he’s been at for many years. He amassed 116 appearances for the Hammers with three goals and three assists. Last season he made 17 starts for the club and another 12 appearances off the bench. Despite making 29 appearances, he averaged less than 50 minutes per appearance. This transfer provides the opportunity for West Ham to recoup some of the transfer funds they’ve spent. It also gives a player in his prime a chance to find regular soccer (and minutes). The fee seems very reasonable, and after unloading on a new striker and attacking midfielder, it was likely they’d need to offset somewhere.

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Edimilson Fernandes ($8.5M transfer to 1. FSV Mainz 05): Fernandes spent the entirety of last season on a paid loan (~$1M) with Fiorentina. He was not included in the one matchday squad he was available for with the first team, although he would become a mainstay in the AFC Fiorentina side. He missed a couple of games due to injury, and perhaps two more for rest. Aside from injuries, he only missed (two) games which were due to card accumulation suspensions.He was a workhorse for the club and still make 33 appearances.

In those 33 appearances, he added two goals and two assists. He would return to the club for only about a day before being moved on to Mainz 05. The club bought the player in 2016 for just under $7.5M, so they made a $1M profit (plus the loan fee) for having the player on the books for two years. The club doesn’t seem to have expected him to have a future with them. They’ve already made a profit on the initial fee, so this seems like a no-brainer.

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Lucas Perez ($2.5M transfer to Alaves): Perez joined West Ham only last season for over $5M. He made 19 appearances across all competitions which were punctuated by six goals. The number of appearances is seriously misleading, however, as Perez only played a total of 712 minutes for the club. This equates to less than 40 minutes per appearance, though, it puts him at a goal every 119 minutes. This move has the feel of having been a bit of a gamble (and a fairly expensive one), and it doesn’t really look like he’s got much of a future. The fact they can recoup half of the prior season’s fee on a 30-year-old player seems like a great opportunity to me.

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Sam Byram ($950k transfer to Norwich): This transfer speaks more to the depth at the position than player ability. West Ham signed Ryan Fredericks for free last season, and they also extended Pablo Zabaleta’s contract for a one, final year (until 2020). Byram also suffered a significant injury requiring knee surgery that had him miss almost the entirety of the year. Norwich is in desperate need of upgrades at critical positions for their return to the Premier League, but I think this is a massive risk. I think the $1M initial fee is substantial for a player who only made a handful of appearances in the Championship (injury, but still.) I also think there may be some bonus or sell-on clauses embedded in this deal which would make it an even better deal for the Hammers.

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Samir Nasri (Free Transfer to RSC Anderlecht): Nasri was kind of an unusual situation from the start. Nasri joined West Ham after a ban (eventually extended to 18 months) for doping violations. As the end of his ban approached, he trained with West Ham and was awarded a one-year deal for his efforts. However, the club announced that he was to be released after his contract. Update: Nasri joined RSC Anderlecht at the end of his contract.

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Adrian (Released/Free Transfer to Liverpool): Adrian joined West Ham in 2013. He spent a large part of his time with the club as the starting keeper, although starting in November 2016 he began to appear in the starting line up less frequently. Initially, he lost the starting job to Darren Randolph before Randolph departed to Middlesbrough. Adrian was relegated behind Joe Hart and now behind Lukasz Fabianski. While with West Ham, he accumulated 150 appearances for West Ham allowing 215 goals but also keeping 43 clean sheets. He has since fallen down the pecking order to the point where West Ham was not interested in renewing his contract. I am confident that if Adrian wants to continue playing, he will find a new home. Update: With Mignolet leaving Liverpool, Adrian has signed with them to be the backup goalkeeper)

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Moses Makasi (Released): Makasi is another of the West Ham youth products. However, he never made it to the first team. After graduating from the academy, he spent a few years bouncing between the U18 and U23 sides. However, the majority of his time was spent out on loan at various lower-tier English clubs. I expect Makasi to get back into a team, but I expect it will be at least a few tiers down.

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Andy Carroll (Released): Andy Carroll joined up with West Ham on the heels of a paid ($1.5M) loan from Liverpool for the 2012-2013 season. After that, he was brought to the Hammers for just under $20M. After joining the club, he was hampered by several injuries which severely limited his playing time starting with a hamstring and knee injury in his opening season. In the last season, he wasn’t fit to even make the bench until week 12, where he would be healthy for just over 15 weeks before again succumbing to injury. Despite his injury issues, he still made 142 appearances for West Ham along with 34 goals and 17 assists. I strongly expect that this move is primarily motivated by him getting older and his inability to stay healthy. His last (almost) fully healthy season was 2011-2012.

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Jordan Hugill (Loan to QPR): Hugill joined West Ham in January 2018 for nearly $12M. However, he’s spent the rest of the time on loan at Middlesbrough. The last season he made 37 Championship appearances scoring six goals and two assists. He’s again moved to a Championship side, QPR, who finished substantially lower last season than Middlesbrough. I anticipate him having a much larger role for this side because he will be a bigger part of things if the side wishes to succeed.

Last Updated: July 31, 2019