Summer Transfer Dealings Reviewed
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 02 Sep 2009 16:02:00
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The summer transfer window has now closed, and West Ham have hardly been one of the biggest spenders this time round. The biggest fee they seem to have paid was for a permanent deal for the Czech Midfielder Radoslav Kovac, who was on loan with the Hammers last season. This seemed to be a rather good buy, as the player performed well at Upton Park last year.

The signing of Luis Jiminez on loan from Inter is exciting. The player has a big reputation, and a lot to prove, and I for one am keen to see what he can do for the side. Frank Nouble has arrived from Chelsea - on Carlton Cole's recommendation - and has made three substitute appearances. Two of these were only appearing in stoppage time at Wolves and against Spurs, although he played for a full hour against Millwall. He was named in the squad for the match against Blackburn, but did not feature.

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Fabio Daprela is an eighteen year old Swiss defender, who arrived from Grasshopper Zurich for a nominal fee. He seems to be more of a long term investment rather than a buy for the first team - which is odd, considering Nouble is the same age, yet has made several appearances already. The club have signed another young defender - Jack Lampe, from Harlow Town.

With the strike options being the main worry at Upton Park, and Cole being the sole fit recogniseable striker, manager Gianfranco Zola went back to his homeland to sign forward Allesandro Diamanti, who was again a recommendation, this time from fellow Italian and England manager Fabio Capello.

These seem to be the most significant arrivals, and thankfully there were few high-profile exits. The two major departures were Lee Bowyer and James Collins, who have left to join Birmingham City and Aston Villa respectively. Collins was the only regular first teamer to exit, as Zola seemed keen when he spoke on January 29th to offload the likes of Bowyer, along with Nigel Quashie and Callum Davenport, as he felt he had better options in his squad. Nottingham Forest had a bid for Davenport accepted, but following a recent tragic incident at the players home, the move never materialised. There has been little interest shown in Quashie.

However, the strangest deal of the summer has to have been the transfer of Savio Nsereko to Fiorentina, as he had not featured in any of the club's four games played this term. In the press conference prior to the match against Blackburn, Zola seemed to imply that the player had an injury and would return to full training within two weeks.

On monday it emerged, to every West Ham fan's surprise, that the club had decided to accept a part-exchange offer that saw Manuel Da Costa move to East London. West Ham Chief Executive Scott Duxbury told the club's website that "the deal was beneficial for all concerned" along with "had our financial situation been different, we would have loved to have kept and developed Savio".


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