West Ham United have given Manuel Pellegrini a very modest transfer budget this summer, not that you would know it.
West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have reportedly handed the Chilean a paltry £30 million base budget.
That will be topped up by player sales, which brings the current total to just over £40m following the departures of Lucas Perez and Edimilson Fernandes this week.
Some supporters have been critical of the owners over the reported budget.
Fans divided over transfer budget speculation
Many feel it is simply nothing like enough to enable Pellegrini to continue to shape his squad to challenge for European football in the fiercely competitive Premier League.
Others think it may be a ruse. The idea being West Ham are not fleeced by clubs when approaching them looking to sign players.
Whatever the truth, the rumour mill showed no signs of slowing over the weekend.
In fact it turned out to be a very expensive weekend indeed for West Ham.
West Ham’s £150m weekend
According to various reports from Friday through to Sunday night the Hammers are shelling out over £150 million on new players.
Of course they are not. And won’t be. That would eclipse the unprecedented £100m spend of last summer.
It all started in the early hours of Friday when Sky Sports reported West Ham had bid £10m for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice.
Then prime striker target Maxi Gomez was once again linked. This time West Ham were reported to also be interested in his teammate, midfield ace Stanislav Lobotka (Gianluca Di Marzio).
With Gomez’s release clause at around £40m, it would make a double deal around £50-60m at least.
Then came a report from Marca, that West Ham have joined the queue for in-demand Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan.
Valued at £13.5m the outlay had already hit £83m by Saturday.
From Gomez to Kessie and Sanson
Next up was a new link to £30 million AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie (The Express).
According to a report from TRT Spor (translated by SportWitness), left-back Hasan Ali Kaldirim is set to join for £4m imminently.
Then fellow Hammers site Claret & Hugh claimed Serie B striker David Okereke could be on his way for around £6m.
Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara has been scouted with a view to a bid for an unknown amount, according to EXWHUEmployee.
His teammate Morgan Sanson was then said to be in ‘preliminary talks’ over a £30m move (Sky Sports).
That left the grand total of reported transfers at £153 by Sunday night.
Silly season has officially begun.