By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has hailed West Ham for the players they have brought in during the January transfer window.
The Hammers have failed in their attempts to land a number of their premier transfer targets, but have succeeded in bringing in Premier League duo Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass.
Fonte arrived in east London in an £8million deal, after the Euro 2016 winner handed in a transfer request at Southampton.
Their pursuit of Snodgrass, meanwhile, was much less easy-going, as they had to fight off stern competition from several of their Premier League rivals for his signature.
He signed on a £50,000-per-week deal, joining from Hull for a fee that could rise up to £10million.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 30, 2017
In his Sky Sports blog on Tuesday, Charlie Nicholas praised the two signings, insisting that West Ham will reap the rewards of their new arrivals.
He said: “Fonte is an absolute must-buy for West Ham and I think he’s got a good few seasons left in him as he’s always been more about positioning and decisions than pace.
“I think he’ll actually help the rest of the defence with his experience and leadership.
“I like Snodgrass and I thought it was fair money at his age, but please don’t think he’s a replacement for Dimitri Payet, who they simply had to get out the door.
“He’s an important replacement for set-pieces, feeding Fonte and Andy Carroll with his delivery.”
Former West Ham midfielder Trevor Sinclair, meanwhile, shared Nicholas’ praise for Snodgrass, but insisted that the Scotland international could be a direct replacement for Payet.
Chris Sutton also branded Snodgrass a ‘terrific player’, but also took the time to slam Hull as ‘bonkers’ for letting him leave.
The pair could be set to make their debuts when West Ham take on Manchester City on Wednesday.
In other West Ham transfer news, co-chairman David Sullivan has admitted to attempts made by the club this month to bring back this former star.