But this season Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has been told to excite the crowd or face the chop at Upton Park.
And the former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss has been doing that well so far this summer with the signings of Mauro Zarate, Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell.
Now according to talkSPORT, the East End club have agreed a four-year deal with Charlton Athletic teenager Diego Poyet despite interest from Newcastle United.
The son of Sunderland boss Gus, has impressed since coming through the ranks at The Valley and was voted Player of the Year last season despite only making his debut in January.
But to Charlton’s dismay, the 19-year old declined a contract extension with the Addicks and it now looks as if West Ham have scooped one of the most exciting youngsters in the game.
Charlton will be due compensation for Poyet as he is the under age of 24, with the fee set to be decided by a tribunal.
He joins Cresswell in moving to Upton Park this week after he joined from Ipswich Town on a five-year deal.
West Ham United. Can a leopard change its spots? Because it certainly looks like Allardyce is doing exactly that. Let us know your thoughts below.
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