West Ham United were heavily linked with free agent Gary Cahill following his departure from Crystal Palace in the summer.
Cahill had been linked with a free transfer move to West Ham as David Moyes scoured the market to bring in a new centre-back.
Indeed just last month West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claimed 35-year-old Cahill was an option for the Hammers.
Fans were angered by the links with many feeling it was the kind of cheap signing made by the West Ham of old.
Hammers fans were angry with Cahill links during transfer window and relieved he signed for Cherries
Hammers supporters could not understand why Moyes would go against his very clear philosophy to build West Ham around young, hungry players. And they rejoiced when news emerged he was signing for Bournemouth in the Championship.
Well the truth is Moyes and West Ham were never in for Cahill, as has been proved by comments from the player himself.
West Ham ended up signing Moyes’s prime target and Cahill’s ex Chelsea teammate Kurt Zouma for £29 million.
A 26-year-old France international nine years Cahill’s junior. Chalk and cheese when it comes to transfer targets.
True Moyes target Zouma was chalk and cheese transfer as Cahill admission proves West Ham did NOT want him
And now Cahill has admitted while he had offers to remain in the Premier League, they were all from clubs who would have been battling relegation (Sky Sports).
“I could’ve stayed in the Premier League – Palace offered me another year,” Cahill told Sky Sports.
“They needed to lower the age of the squad, so that didn’t work out… but I had other opportunities as well to stay in the league.
“This isn’t me being disrespectful, but the teams that I would have gone to, I would maybe have been losing more games than winning. Speaking from my own point of view, am I going to add to my appearances or am I going to have a different challenge and come to a club that, again, is changing and, ultimately, challenge for promotion?”
Gone are the days of West Ham signing players like Cahill, Moyes has a clear plan and philosophy
West Ham certainly haven’t been and won’t be ‘losing more games than winning’.
Not if the club’s meteoric rise under Moyes over the last 18 months is anything to go by.
If it wasn’t clear for Hammers fans before this summer from Moyes’s excellent recruitment since he took total charge of the football side of things on his return to the club, this is a very different West Ham.
West Ham under Moyes have a genuine transfer philosophy and plan. Gone are the days of signing over the hill free transfers like Cahill or once big names looking for a last big pay day.
West Ham’s transfers are focused on quality over quantity and players that can have an impact over the long term.
And long may it continue.