The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are once again feeling irritated and frustrated with the club’s transfer policy. It is the same story every year, they say. David Sullivan and David Gold promise big players, are linked with big players and then offer under the odds before settling for a cut-price bargain or a loan deal.
The same story appears to be happening this January. West Ham were linked with the likes of Andre Schurrle in late December as it became clear that David Moyes was keen to sell under performing players like Andre Ayew and bring in his own attacking midfielders. But rumours of Schurrle soon died down and now talk of a move for Scott Arfield is in the papers.
And while Arfield is a reasonable player at Premier League level, he is once again the cheap option and the West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are not excited about him at all – they argue that he is not an upgrade on their current options. Rather than continuing to settle for the cheap options, West Ham’s owners need to make a statement and bring in a top player this January.
An audacious swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard could be ideal. West Ham have been linked with him in the past and now Chelsea are taking an interest in their former youngster, who is the brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Thorgan Hazard is capable of playing on either wing or through the middle and his versatility would suit West Ham. He also has the ability to create chances for the likes of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez, who have been starved of service too often this season.
The 24-year-old has seven goals and three assists in all competitions for Gladbach this season and West Ham need to pay that little bit extra to land him. The 7-cap Belgium man would be a much better signing than Scott Arfield.