West Ham have done largely impressive business in the transfer window, with the late capture of Carlos Sanchez the only possible exception.
Even then, while the Colombian is uninspiring, he looks most likely to be a relatively inexpensive, experienced backup option, so fans are unlikely to be too put out unless he makes it into the first team on a regular basis and underperforms.
However, the Evening Standard report that Sanchez and Lucas Perez weren’t the only men Manuel Pellegrini had his eye on as the window slammed shut.
They claim that Pellegrini wanted to hijack London rivals Fulham’s £30m deal for Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, but were too late to convince him to change course from west to east London.
The big-money arrival of Anguissa tops off a summer where Fulham became the first newly-promoted side to spend over £100m in the summer before they embark on the top flight.
However, the feeling persists that Fulham have overpaid, in a major way. Anguissa’s impact will be hampered by his lack of pre-season and £30m is a staggering transfer fee for a defensive midfielder.
That is an area of the pitch where Pellegrini could have done with an extra body, but a £30m Deadline Day swoop does not represent value and combined with Sanchez’s arrival, would have seen late desperation tarnish an efficient summer of early spending.
Missing out on Anguissa is something of a blessing in disguise for Pellegrini. Many Premier League sides are looking for the new N’Golo Kante – Didier Ndong, Nampalys Mendy and now Anguissa are just some recent examples – but these players are now grossly overpriced. He wasn’t worth the money.