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West Ham United fans are excited about the club’s prospects next season after the club’s owners finally started showing some ambition.

There was a very distinct change of tide when David Sullivan and David Gold splashed out to bring in top quality manager Manuel Pellegrini as a replacement for David Moyes despite the Scotsman keeping the club up.

Fans and pundits knew there was no way the former Manchester City and Real Madrid boss would have signed up unless he had been promised some serious funds to turn West Ham into a force.

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And that is exactly how things have panned out with nearly £100 million spent on seven signings and newly-appointed director of football Mario Husillos proving his worth already.

In the past there would invariably be some baggage when West Ham signed a player.

But not this summer, this summer is different.

And what has been telling is the reaction of fans of the clubs the Hammers have been signing players from.

Arsenal supporters were furious Jack Wilshere was allowed to leave the Emirates and the fact West Ham got him for nothing made things even worse.

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Many Gunners fans still feel Wilshere had the quality to make a difference for them.

 

Then there are Fulham fans, who despite getting promoted back to the Premier League, lost one of their most influential players to the Hammers, Ryan Fredericks.

Another superb free transfer signing, Fulham fans were gutted to see the jet-heeled Fredericks leave Craven Cottage and made their feelings clear on radio phone-ins, fan forums and social media.

Then there was Felipe Anderson, the record £40 million signing from Lazio.

Anderson is West Ham’s marquee signing as his pricetag would suggest, and his departure left Lazio fans saddened after a magical few seasons in Rome.

Many of those fans have belittled West Ham as a club saying they do not represent a good move for any quality players.

But Hammers supporters will take that as a backhanded compliment that their club is finally bringing in the right calibre of player, one that other clubs don’t want to lose.

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