It is fair to say London rivals Chelsea and West Ham have fallen way below expectations this season.
Chelsea are struggling to find any kind of form or rhythm amid a crazy spending spree as they languish in mid-table under new boss Graham Potter.
West Ham meanwhile may have got a first win in eight at the weekend but are in the thick of what looks set to be a season-long battle against relegation.
So both the Hammers and Chelsea are looking to do deals in what remains of the January window for very different reasons.
As reported by Hammers News yesterday, one Chelsea deal could actually directly help West Ham sign a reported David Moyes target.
A host of players continue to be linked with Chelsea heading into the last week of the transfer window.
And reports this week claim West Ham are also looking to add another striker and a defender before next Tuesday’s deadline.
The Blues and West Ham were actually two of the biggest spenders in the summer window. It was not surprising that Chelsea were splashing the cash after their takeover.
West Ham were expected to challenge the European places again after shelling out over £170m on eight signings.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol makes mind-blowing statement on West Ham and Chelsea transfers
It seems neither club are quite done yet with so much at stake in the second half of the season.
And the two London clubs are leaving others in their wake in terms of levels of spending.
Now Sky Sports reporter Solhekol has made a mind-blowing statement on West Ham and Chelsea transfers.
Taking to Twitter, transfer reporter Solhekol highlighted that the spending of the Hammers and Chelsea – as well as others such as Forest and Wolves – is dwarfing some of the world’s biggest and most elite clubs.
“Spend spend spend where’s it going to end?” Solhekol states on Twitter.
“Premier League clubs have spent £2.8bn on transfers last summer and so far this month, according to CIES.
“West Ham, Forest, Wolves spending more than PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid etc.
“Chelsea out in front with £490m spent on 15 players.”
That really is staggering to read. Solhekol makes a valid and salient point.
But from West Ham’s point of view, with Premier League survival at stake, many fans will be hoping the end to their spend is yet to come.
With a week to go the Hammers must get deals done to give themselves the best possible chance of staying up.
Chelsea boss Potter admitted last week he does not foresee many more arrivals at Stamford Bridge in the January window following the west London club’s spree.
But the Blues continue to be linked with a plethora of deals.
One important point to note here is that Sky Sports effectively created the hype train around transfers and deadline day. So it is a bit rich for their transfer reporter to now be taking the moral high ground over it.