Sky Sports details major West Ham transfer bombshell after significant investment
It is very likely that West Ham will not be signing anymore players before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their live transfer blog on Sunday [11:48am] that although the Hammers are working around the clock to get players in before the upcoming deadline, there is a real possibility that Joao Mario will be the only arrival of the month.
It is understood that the London club are close to reaching a wage cap as they are the seventh highest spender on wages in the Premier League.
Mario’s loan move from Inter Milan earlier this week is seeing West Ham pay £100,000-a-week for his wages after splashing out a £2million loan fee.
Sky Sports adds that the significant investment in the summer has also paved the way to a lack of business this month.
Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta are all said to be big earners at the London Stadium when Slaven Bilic snapped them up before the season started.
This report serves as a major bombshell for West Ham fans, who had been desperate for the club to sign more players this month in order to improve on what has been a turgid first half of the season that has left relegation being a real possibility.
Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup Fourth Round defeat to Wigan will also serve as another big blow, especially when David Moyes chose to field a moreorless full-strength side.
Football Insider verdict
It seems that the only way that West Ham can sign players now is by offloading them – and that could open up a whole world of trouble for co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan. If the Hammers leave it too late to let players go then they could be forced into panic-buying replacements or worse still, not find a replacement at all. Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho have all been linked with leaving the Irons this month but so far they do not seem to be close to an exit. West Ham are 11th in the table but are only four points away from the relegation zone. A few bad results could see them slip back into the bottom three and that will send alarm bells ringing among the fans after watching their club fail to do much business in January.
In other West Ham news, this French forward wanted by the Irons has completed a £9.6million switch.
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