The January transfer window was something of a damp squib for West Ham United.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was linked with over 40 players during the course of the month.
Maxi Gomez was the highest profile player linked with fans hopeful the club would pull off the exciting signing.
Nothing came of it, though, as deadline day passed without any new additions.
Pellegrini has played the situation with a straight bat in his press conference since.
The Hammers boss insisted the media were more interested in West Ham signing players than him (whufc.com).
Groundhog day for Hammers fans
It is nothing new for West Ham fans.
After an unprecedented £100 million summer splurge it was perhaps a touch optimistic of supporters to expect anything big in January.
But given the club’s Premier League-worst injury list many believed it was a necessity to rescue a faltering season.
Whatever happens in January, though, one thing fans usually get is a statement from owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
The owners are like clockwork with their club statements after the window slams shut.
Whether that is to hail the business done by the club, defend a lack of activity or highlight the sleepless nights endured by Sullivan as he worked doggedly on deals to no avail.
Owners unusually quiet after window
This year is different, though, because as yet it has been radio silence from the divisive duo.
Perhaps after the summer spend Sullivan and Gold felt there was no need to invest in January and therefore no need to offer fans an explanation.
Perhaps after splashing the cash to hire a high profile manager they feel he is more than capable to deal with it publicly.
Or perhaps there is still work going on behind the scenes to strike an agreement with Celta Vigo to sign Maxi Gomez in the summer.
Still brokering Gomez deal or another striker pipe dream?
Now that would be some announcement, even if it now looks increasingly unlikely.
All four of West Ham’s current first team strikers are expected to leave the club.
Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez have been linked with moves to La Liga while Andy Carroll’s contract is up and unlikely to be extended.
Marko Arnautovic may have signed a new deal but it is felt he too will be allowed to leave if a Chinese club returns and meets the club’s valuation.
One thing is for sure there will need to be a lot more activity in the summer. In both directions.