West Ham United’s transfer policy and ambitions have lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous since moving to the London Stadium.

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On reluctantly leaving their beloved Upton Park, West Ham fans were promised the move to Stratford would enable the club to compete with the elite in the transfer market.

But a deluge of terrible signings, headlined by the likes of Simone Zaza, Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit, Jonathan Calleri and Alvaro Arbeloa followed.

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Hammers transfers lurch from the sublime to the ridiculous since London Stadium move

It was enough to convince Dimitri Payet it was not the project he had signed up for.

And Hammers fans vented their fury at the owners over what they felt were broken promises.

When Manuel Pellegrini was appointed, West Ham went on an unprecedented spending spree over 18 months, shelling out nearly £175m on signings – although recouping a lot through sales too.

Now under Moyes – and given the financial impact of the global health crisis, spending is a lot more careful and considered. But that is no bad thing for West Ham as so far it has paid off with some astute acquisitions.

Given the high turnover of players since the move to the London Stadium four years ago, it begs the question who is the best signing of the new era so far?

West Ham fans have been debating just that over the international break.

Before Moyes’s arrival there were just two standout candidates, Lukasz Fabianski and Marko Arnautovic.

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West Ham fans debate the best signing of the new era

But since the Scot starting calling the shots on the transfer front there are two or three more contenders who, with more time, could lay claim to the title.

Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen are firmly in contention. And the likes of Vladimir Coufal could well enter the debate while Said Benrahma has the potential too also.

Pablo Fornals is another in the mix if he continues the form he has showed in the last 18 months.

In a debate on Twitter, Soucek got a lot of votes. That says everything about the Czech Republic midfielder given he has not even been with the club a year – four months of which were spent in lockdown with no matches.


Bowen too received a lot of love from Hammers fans.

But Fabianski was the most popular pick of the lot over Arnautovic.

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Fabianski the clear favourite but Soucek not far behind

The fact Fabianski has been one of the best goalkeepers for some time at West Ham and cost just £7million defines him as the best signing.

Many have questioned his form since he suffered a serious injury last season.

But he looked back to his best against Fulham last time out.

Arnautovic was brilliant for West Ham under Moyes the first time around. But his form before Moyes’s arrival and after his departure left a lot to be desired.

And the Austrian’s acrimonious departure, demanding a move to China, left a sour taste for many supporters.

Injury permitting, Fabianski will pass the 100 appearance mark for West Ham this season.

He turns 36 next April so his time may be coming to an end in the next season or two.

But with a Hammer of the Year award in his pocket, Fabianski is – all things considered – the best signing of the London Stadium era so far.

It is just a matter of time, though, until that accolade passes on to Soucek.

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