West Ham’s win at Everton last weekend has really lifted the mood around the club.
This was a week where fans and players basked in the afterglow of a much-needed victory, but there was no shortage of goings on.
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A couple of stories threatened to puncture the post-Everton euphoria. First of all, rumours that summer signing Lucas Perez refused to warm up at Goodison began to circulate.
The man Pellegrini wanted Perez to replace was Marko Arnautovic. Pellegrini revealed after the game he had an injury behind his knee and on Thursday, he was still viewed as a doubt for the Chelsea game this weekend.
There were also a number of transfer stories floating about as well. Firstly, popular defender James Collins ruled out the prospect of a return to the club. He says he has drawn a line under his hopes of a return.
Then, it emerged that West Ham were interested in another free agent, Hatem Ben Arfa, this summer. The flighty Frenchman ended up joining Rennes but is yet to play for the club.
Perhaps the most surprising transfer story of the week linked Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata with a January loan move to the London Stadium. That one looks a non-starter, though. It would be a huge surprise to see him in claret and blue.
In terms of outgoings, Pellegrini has stood firm on two promising performers. Young hotshot Xande Silva was reportedly wanted in the summer, but the gaffer wanted to keep him around.