The transfer window has barely been open a week and already some West Ham United fans are not happy.
Expectations are high this summer.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have been talking up their grand plan with Manuel Pellegrini at the helm, read the full story here.
More money, more problems
The duo backed Pellegrini with £100million for 10 new signings last summer.
And the Chilean is reportedly looking to sign another six before next season.
Top of the agenda is reshaping West Ham’s striker options.
Andy Carroll will leave the club when his contract expires next month.
West Ham’s highest ever earner Javier Hernandez and fellow forward Lucas Perez are also expected to leave.
Those three departures alone would free up a staggering £310,000 per week in wages.
Hammers fans had been excited by links to Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez.
The talented 22-year-old Uruguayan was seen as exactly the kind of statement signing West Ham should be making and building a team around to grow over the coming seasons.
Those same fans have been left disappointed by new reports claiming any hopes of that deal are all but dead following interest from bigger clubs.
Instead the Hammers are being linked with Salomon Rondon and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Some fans not impressed by strike duo links
And neither have particularly caught the imagination of the club’s supporters.
In fact many feel the story of the failed Gomez pursuit is an all too familiar one.
Striker groundhog day
The Hammers have been here before after all. For Gomez see Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca.
West Ham supporters feel both Rondon and Mitrovic lack the pace their club needs to truly improve.
And they have been making their feelings known on Twitter.
Here are a selection of comments on the links to Rondon and Mitrovic.
Fits the criteria that we want. Strong, young, fair bit of pace and knows where the goal is. Probably get him for under £20m too. I approve. https://t.co/rrFRDlSMrD
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) May 21, 2019
Much rather a signing like this then Mitrovic or Rondon
— Dan Ellis (@xDellisOfficial) May 21, 2019
Even as a West Ham fan I can say how hilarious the meltdown is going to be when we don’t get Rondon or Mitrovic and end up with Hugill back from a loan stint
— Just Some Geezer (@Juicedmoose) May 20, 2019
Agree. Are they significantly better than the players we already have? No.
— David Ezra (@DavidEzra66) May 20, 2019
Yep. there may well be better but I quite like Abraham.
— Jeff G (@footballforfans) May 20, 2019
Funny how West Ham’s owners said the stadium move was to “attract top quality names that Upton Park was unable too”
Mitrovic or Rondon.
— CD. (@CD92_) May 20, 2019
‘Sorry state of affairs’
As a nufc fan I’ve seen them both closely. Rondon without doubt head and shoulders above mitrovic
— Broonola9 (@IANJAMESBROWN) May 20, 2019
Scored the same, Mitrovic played in a significantly worse side and is younger, Rondon might be the smaller risk but Mitrovic makes more sense.
— 🐐 (@Fluuked) May 20, 2019
Knowing West Ham and their fans they’ll all prefer Mitrovic despite Rondon being 20 times the player. https://t.co/P06xmSDvtl
— Tom (@ToonTomm) May 20, 2019
These don’t excite me, but will get behind whoever pulls on the shirt
— Dan 父 Good (@DaniGood) May 20, 2019
Thought we were looking to go forward with good players not average ones 🙄
— Mark Cocklin (@MarkCocklin1) May 20, 2019
Jesus what a sorry state of affairs we are in if these are our top targets
— ⚒Grimmer⚒ (@grimmer1895) May 20, 2019
Season ticket renewal – Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking stands brought forward and squared off and we’ll look to bring in Maxi Gomes. Approaching the deadline, neither happening. Same every year. Shyster board
— ExiledinLiverpool (@cockneyoopnorf) May 21, 2019