By Adam Williams

10th Jan, 2021 | 8:00pm

'Huge' - Exclusive: Finance expert suggests big factor in latest West Ham signing

West Ham have done well to sign Frederik Alves prior to January — even if competition for his signature might not have been as fierce in a Covid-stricken transfer window.

That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to correspondent Adam Williams after this site revealed on 22 December that the Hammers had secured the signing of the Danish centre-back in a deal worth £1.4million. 

That was subsequently announced by West Ham well in advance of the official January window opening.

The 21-year-old could be a replacement for Issa Diop, who has recently been linked with a move away from the London Stadium.

While it is generally considered a good omen if a team is getting their business done early, the effects of the pandemic on football mean other factors have come into play, as Maguire explains.

“I do think it’s sensible to get business done earlier in this window, even if spending is down and there’s generally less competition for transfers,” he told Football Insider.

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“Because of fixture congestion, in this particular window, it makes sense to do what West Ham have done.

“Lots of clubs potentially are gonna have huge numbers of fixtures in January and February, therefore the earlier you get people in the better.”

Alves, a Denmark Under-21 international, is David Moyes’ fifth signing of the season.

Tomas Soucek and Said Benrahma were the headline arrivals in the summer, while Vladimir Coufal and Craig Dawson were also recruited and have enjoyed first-team football since putting pen to paper.

In other news, a top pundit has said he is amazed that the West Ham board sanctioned the sale of a star striker halfway through the season.