After embarrassing and much-publicised failures in the transfer market in the past and the rise of ‘Twitter in the knows’ it seems West Ham United’s transfer business has become everyone’s business in the last few years.
Failed attempts to land stars such as Carlos Bacca, Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette and William Carvalho in recent transfer windows were embarrassing.
Pundits such as Jamie Carragher have often criticised the Hammers for persistently being in the news and gossip columns over transfers.
“It certainly is a problem,” Carragher said on Sky Sports last season.
“So much information comes out of the club from different sources at times. (Who is) feeding that information, there’s speaking to agents.
“I think it’s always a club a lot of (average) players look to and think ‘I could get to West Ham, I could talk myself into a move to West Ham’.”
It was one of many bones of contention for supporters who had grown fed up of the way the club was being run by co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.
Regular interviews with the press, statements and columns on the club’s official website and in national newspapers saw West Ham’s business cast willingly into the public domain.
This summer seems to have been infinitely better so far with Sullivan’s sons Dave and Jack refraining from discussing transfers on social media and Sullivan and Gold themselves easing off in terms of seeking the limelight.
That, and the appointment of director of football Mario Husillos, helped the club get some great early business done this summer with nearly £100 million spent on seven signings so far.
But Manuel Pellegrini’s transfer comings and goings do still make it out onto Twitter and other Hammers fan sites which some supporters feel can damage the club’s chances of buying and selling players.
Now with just over two weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut, Brady told the Supporters Advisory Board she is trying to put a stop to leaks coming out of the club.
“Karren Brady stated that the club are working hard to keep leaks to a minimum and the club were continuing to put measures in place to stop leaks from staff,” the minutes from the July 12 meeting – published on whufc.com – state.
“Sean Whetstone (Claret and Hugh) said that because so many people are involved in transfers, deals cannot be kept from being leaked.”
West Ham fans like the more professional approach the club seems to be adopting and long may it continue.
But Brady must also make good on her word to weed out any leaks within the Hammers ranks and shut them down because it could cost the club dear.