The powers-that-be at West Ham deserve praise for securing the signing of Frederik Alves before the madness of the January transfer window.
That is according to ex-Spurs and England striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
The club’s hierarchy at West Ham are not held in the highest regard by the fans, with protests over their handling of the club commonplace at the London Stadium.
But Bent, who himself moved three times in the January window during his days as a player, was complimentary of the proactive manner in which West Ham are going about their business this season:
He told Football Insider: “Januaries are so hard because you always end up having to overpay for the player. You become desperate, and they [selling club] know you’re desperate, so they add money to the fee. It is notoriously difficult to get deals done in January
“Well played to West Ham. They’ve obviously identified who they want, who they need, and they’ve managed to go out early and get him before anybody else can pinch him.
“We know they [West Ham board] take a lot of stick. The next thing is about getting Moyes’ contract done, but West Ham are in a good place at the moment.”
Alves has made five appearances for Denmark’s Under-21 side, though he is also eligible to play for Brazil and has spent time with Paraná-based side Coritiba.
He will become the club’s fifth first-team signing this season, following the summer acquisitions of Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma.