The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern have told us that they are tired of David Sullivan and David Gold always opting for the cheap option. They were left frustrated on deadline day in the summer when Sullivan and Gold bid below the odds for Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho and the Hammers ultimately missed out on a defensive midfielder who would have vastly improved their options in the middle of the park.
And recent transfer rumours have linked them with yet another cheap move. According to The Sun, West Ham United will run the rule over free agent Steven Caulker on a trial basis before deciding whether to offer him a contract.
This potential signing smacks of desperation from the Hammers and brings back nightmares of Roger Johnson. Johnson was signed on loan from Wolves by the Hammers when a centre-half was needed a few years back and he was as bad as expected.
Caulker would be a similar story. The 26-year-old recently left Queens Park Rangers after managing just four outings this term – the last of which was in September. The once-capped former England international only played 14 games last season for the Championship club too.
As well as a lack of playing time under his belt in the last two seasons, Caulker has been involved in a number of off the field incidents including alcoholism problems, a gambling addiction and some brush-ins with the police. This is not the type of character West Ham need during a relegation battle, no matter how hard Caulker is trying to turn his career around.
Just because he is a free agent, it does not mean the Irons should pursue the cheap move. If they need a new centre-back, West Ham should cough up the money for a decent one.