At times during the summer it felt like West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was signing players like he was playing Football Manager on his PC.
So prolific were the Hammers in the transfer market that they had to let Kevin Nolan, Modibo Maiga and Matt Jarvis leave on the cheap.
One can only hope, for entertainment’s sake at least, for a repeat of transfer-iffic drama this coming January. Here are some of the ins and outs for Hammers fans to either pray for or fear.
1. Angelo Ogbonna
He made an instant impression with Hammers fans following his summer move from Juventus. But after picking up a muscle strain in September, the centre half has found it difficult to win back his place in the starting line up. Fiorentina – a club seemingly obsessed with loaning Premier League players – are rumoured to be interested in a January move.
2. James Collins
It’s a given that his number’s been up since the arrival of the aforementioned Ogbonna in the summer. Should Winston Reid’s inevitable January rumours come to nothing, Hammers fans could be waving bye-bye to the Welshman, who is wanted by Sam Allardyce to steady the ship at Sunderland.
3. Michail Antonio
As we’ve said before Antonio has been missing since signing for West Ham in August, making just one substitute appearance for the side. After paying a £7million fee to Nottingham Forest for the winger, West Ham would probably be unwise to seek a permanent transfer straight away, as they almost certainly wouldn’t make the money back. A loan move would probably be best, with Championship Derby said to be interested .
1. Seedou Doumbia
As anyone familiar with the FIFA videogame franchise will know, Doumbia is incredibly quick footballer. He is currently on loan at CSKA Moscow from Roma, where he has fallen out of favour. West Ham and Watford are said to have been tracking him, so a cut-price January move for the forward could become a reality.
2. Keisuke Honda
Japan legend and AC Milan forward Honda has reportedly been offered to West Ham for a January move. Honda has previously stated he wanted to stay at Milan but the attacker, who has 77 caps for his country, has struggled to nail down a place at the San Siro this season. Boss Siniša Mihajlović told Honda he can leave if he feels he needs to. Sounds like a cheap one .
3. Manuel Lanzini
He’s on loan from Al Jazeera, and West Ham have the first option on signing him. After his impressive early-season form, West Ham are reportedly chasing a permanent deal in January. But Liverpool are rumored to be interested in the attacker, and even though David Sullivan said there was an “unbreakable option” between player and club, there’s nothing to stop Lanzini getting unsettled. Watch this space.