A shock announcement from Aston Villa last night shows West Ham were simply being used all along after recent transfer reports.
Hammers boss David Moyes likes to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to transfers and rightly so.
But it is one the of worst kept secrets in football that the Scot wants to bring a defender and a forward to West Ham in the January transfer window.
West Ham have been linked with a plethora of players as you might expect as we approach the final week of the window from Monday.
Perhaps one of the more surprising links, though, was to Aston Villa back-up Kortney Hause.
Simply because, with all respect, he is no better than what we already have and Moyes has always stated he will only bring players in if they fit that key criteria.
Hause barely gets a game for Villa having played just 42 times in three years. So West Ham fans wondered why he would then get anywhere close to our side, especially with everyone fit when Angelo Ogbonna returns next season.
It was Football Insider which first made the claim of West Ham’s interest in the Aston Villa man in an “exclusive” article way back in the summer transfer window.
Football Insider went one step further earlier this month, stating that West Ham had been given the green light by Villa to sign the player and then that the player – who came through the Hammers academy – wanted the move back to east London.
Shock Aston Villa announcement proves West Ham were being used all along
It all seemed a bit unbelievable for the reasons already mentioned. But Hammers fans were pointed to the unfancied signing of Craig Dawson and submitted to the mantra ‘in Moyes we trust’ when trying to rationalise it.
Well proof if it were needed that certain sites are used by agents, players, clubs and sources to get new deals or fit a certain agenda came from this very rumour last night when Hause penned a shock new THREE-AND-A-HALF-YEAR deal with Villa.
It won’t have been a shock to the player or Villa or anyone closely involved. It was most likely the plan all along and talks have undoubtedly been ongoing for months.
But it will be a bit of a shock – a welcome one in many cases – to West Ham fans who had been led up the garden path to believe they may be on the verge of signing him.
The simple fact is this deal was never on the cards and the lengthy new contract proves as much.
“I’m over the moon,” Hause told VillaTV.
“It’s a big club, a big part of my life, big part of my football career. Since the day I signed, I’ve felt a real love for the club in terms of showing how much they wanted to bring me to the club.
“So from the first day I signed, I’ve felt loved and wanted and to extend for another three-and-a-half years… I’m very, very happy, I’m delighted.”
We bet you are Kortney. And no doubt delighted with the assistance of certain sites in hurrying that new deal along.
They say there are very few good deals to be done in January.
And this is partly the reason why, there are red herrings all over the place and clubs – as well as supposed inside sources – can be made to look very silly.
If you throw enough sticky stuff some will eventually stick.
That’s the way of the window.