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Kia Joorabchian is a name that jars with many West Ham United fans.

He should be remembered fondly in East London given he was the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham in one of the most remarkable transfer deals in modern history.

Tevez helped keep the Hammers up and is a cult hero to supporters. But it came at a price after West Ham were deemed to have broken third party ownership rules and Sheffield United were awarded a staggering £20 million in compensation as they were relegated that fateful season 11 years ago.

To make matters worse West Ham were also hit with a £5 million fine by the Premier League.

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Bar the club’s promotion back to the Premier League under Sam Allardyce in 2012 and the farewell season at the Boleyn in 2015/16, it has been a pretty miserable decade for West Ham since then.

Many blame Joorabchian, who was also linked with a failed takeover bid of West Ham around the same time, as reported at the time by the likes of the Telegraph.

Fast forward 11 years and two years after the big move to the London Stadium, West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold finally look to be spending the kind of money promised on leaving Upton Park.

The club has backed new manager Manuel Pellegrini to the tune of more than £90 million so far this summer with some eye-catching signings.

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The level of ambition being shown has pleasantly surprised West Ham fans.

 

But is Joorabchian playing a big part in their success in the transfer market so far?

Eagle-eyed supporters will have spotted a brief glimpse of the super agent at the London Stadium in a behind-the-scenes video on the club’s official website regarding the record £40 million signing of Felipe Anderson (from 35 seconds onwards).

Incredibly well-connected the businessman is rated one of the most influential agents in the world.

Joorabachian has links into all of Europe’s leading clubs – from Inter Milan to Chelsea – and has also orchestrated huge moves in the fledgling Chinese Super League and the MLS and is rightly regarded as one of the world’s most powerful transfer dealers.

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He also represents a trio of other reported Hammers transfer targets Armando Izzo, Marlon Santos and Bruno Fernandes, as well as recent loanee Joao Mario.

His presence behind the scenes at West Ham during the Anderson deal may be just that.

But the fact he is involved in West Ham’s summer business and they are finally getting deals over the line after two years or frustration looks more than a coincidence.

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