Some West Ham United fans are not happy at the moment despite the club record capture of striker Sebastien Haller.
No sooner had the French forward completed his move to West Ham than the party line supposedly coming out of the club claimed there was no cash left for further deals.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini resolved his goalkeeping situation without spending a penny this summer.
Pellegrini’s transfer window timeline
Out went Adrian and in came Roberto and David Martin.
Exciting Spain midfielder Pablo Fornals joined for around £24million before Haller signed for a reported £45m (BBC Sport).
Since then various sources including fellow West Ham website Claret & Hugh – which regularly claims to have the ear of a top source at the club – have claimed Pellegrini is done for the summer.
Worrying defensive deficiencies – which ultimately cost West Ham a place in Europe last season – have reared their ugly head again in pre-season.
And the departures of Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez means West Ham are suddenly over-reliant on new boy Haller.
Fans unhappy at ‘cash shortage’ claims
The same can be said of Declan Rice in defensive midfield. Carlos Sanchez is simply not a viable alternative at Premier League level.
Fans have not been happy in the wake of the ‘cash shortage’ claims.
But there was some better news from another reliable source on Monday night.
Reporting on Pedro Obiang’s impending £8m move to Sassuolo, The London Evening Standard claimed Pellegrini will be given the Obiang funds – and any more from impending sales – and is looking to sign not only a replacement but a second striker too.
Report makes more promising claim
“His (Obiang’s) departure would increase the transfer budget at West Ham, with Pellegrini keen to strengthen his squad further ahead of the new season,” the Evening Standard reports.
“Pellegrini wants to bring in another striker following the £45million club-record transfer of Sebastien Haller, who joined from Eintracht Frankfurt last week.
“West Ham may consider signing a replacement for Obiang, but they already have Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez so are well-stocked with central midfielders. Reece Oxford is also expected to leave West Ham this summer.”