There is no getting away from the fact football transfers excite many fans and at West Ham United it’s no different.
The interest in football transfers has been there since way before windows were introduced and West Ham have always generally been an active club in the market place.
Supporters of a certain age will remember the old ClubCall lines and even trawling Teletext and Ceefax for transfer news. They are certainly days I remember well as a West Ham fan.
The continued high level of interest in clubs signing players has given rise to so called “transfer gurus” or social media reporters and ITKs.
Frustrating window for ITKs and journalists following West Ham
At West Ham there are a few with ExWHUemployee, Claret and Hugh and KUMB’s Mr Wendel among the most prominent.
But this transfer window – as ExWHUemployee has professed on several occasions – has been among the most frustrating for them to report on at West Ham.
A combination of the domino effects of the pandemic and an 18-month period with no fans in stadiums means the majority of clubs have done little business so far. And West Ham have added only one new player to the first team squad so far – goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan with an option to buy.
Mad scramble expected before window closes as transfer interest peaks
A mad scramble is expected before the window closes on August 31st. And West Ham boss David Moyes once again admitted in his latest press conference that he needs and wants to bring players in before the deadline.
West Ham have been linked with hundreds of players over the last six months.
But one of KUMB’s writers Paul Walker – who worked with Moyes for 10 years – has explained why ITKs and journalists will always struggle to glean info that has come direct from the Hammers boss.
Hammers fan who worked with Moyes for 10 years explains why ITKs and press will struggle to get info direct from West Ham boss
“Who knows (what the rest of the window will bring)?” Walker said in his KUMB article Let’s go round again – or maybe not’.
“And I bet the ITKs in our midst don’t know either. If any one of them can say hand on heart that they have said one word to Moyes or know how to contact him for help on such matters, I will be amazed.
“By nature he never tells anybody anything, and that so obviously annoys our social media experts. He never opens up on team selection, injuries, potential transfers. So whatever you read, you know it has not come from him.
“I should know, I had 10 years of weekly, sometimes daily contact with the guy and he can be exasperating.”
Of course there are other sources from which ITKs and journalists get their information.
But going by Walker’s up close and personal experience of Moyes, it seems the Scot only shares information with a trusted inner circle.
That makes life all the more difficult for journos and ITKs in a world where the appetite and demand for information from fans – particularly during transfer windows – is at an all-time high.