The sale of Gianluca Scamacca will take the real world West Ham transfer kitty close to £150m and it needs to be spent.

Any doubt West Ham are in serious need of top quality reinforcements and leaders would have been extinguished by the horrendous performance in a 4-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

The Hammers remain the only club in the Premier League without a single signing in the summer transfer window.

With the season getting underway next weekend, anger is growing among a restless West Ham fanbase accusing the club of gross negligence and squad mismanagement.

Speculation over potential new arrivals has ramped up this weekend. But speculation has been rife all window and is yet to yield any arrivals.

Supporters are now demanding the club goes out and starts spending to bring players in.

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Gianluca Scamacca sale takes real world West Ham transfer kitty close to £150m and it needs to be spent

West Ham have raised £105m from the sale of Declan Rice. And it was explained earlier in the window how that actually translates to a budget of around £133m.

Now the Gianluca Scamacca sale takes the real world West Ham transfer kitty close to £150m and it needs to be spent.

Italian forward Scamacca will soon be unveiled as Atalanta’s record signing at £27m including easily achievable add-ons. West Ham have included a 10 per cent sell on clause too.

The first instalment of that money will likely be around £6-7m. That will be added to the initial £33.3m payment from Arsenal for Rice.

It must be remembered – as pointed out on Hammers News previously – that while the combined £40m may not sound a huge amount, West Ham will only be putting small initial payments down – as is the norm in standard transfers – for the £20-40m players they will be targeting.

The rest of the payments – in a normal transfer – will be spread across the length of the contract.

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Hammers must smash the window pain

So the first tranche of money from Arsenal and Atalanta for Rice and Scamacca opens the door to multiple potential signings for West Ham.

As a crude illustration, West Ham now essentially have the funds to commit to signing five £30m players from those sales alone.

That’s without any extra money being put in by majority owner David Sullivan and Czech billionaire co-owner Daniel Kretinsky.

Judging by the wretched performance and paper thin squad over in Germany – high quality new arrivals are needed as soon as possible.

Encouragingly it seems midfield destroyer Edson Alvarez could well break West Ham’s transfer duck in the coming days.

A player of his ilk is sorely needed. A robust, tenacious, disciplined defensive midfielder and leader who offers great aerial prowess in both boxes.

If the Hammers can get a rumoured double deal for Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay done too then things could really start to take shape.


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