West Ham United’s decision to sign Carlos Sanchez was influenced by Colombia boss Jose Pekerman according the club’s director of football Mario Husillos.
West Ham United are widely regarded to have done some of the best business this summer.
After appointing Manuel Pellegrini, owners David Sullivan and David Gold backed him by appointing director of football Mario Husillos.
Together Pellegrini and Husillos then set about bringing in 10 players before Thursday’s deadline to the tune of around £100 million.
The Hammers signed Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, Fabian Balbuena, youngster Xande Silva, Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez.
West Ham fans have been delighted with the business conducted by the club and the way they went about it, getting things done earlier and in a professional manner.
The Aston Villa flop was part of the side which was relegated from the Premier League back in 2016.
He was voted into the Serie A Wooden Spoon Team of the Season last term.
That was despite being farmed out on loan to Spain from Fiorentina midway through the season.
And he then endured a terrible World Cup with Colombia.
Sanchez was sent off after just three minutes of Colombia’s opening game against Japan before giving away a penalty against England in the quarter-final clash Gareth Southgate’s side.
Kouyate out Sanchez in?
After selling Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace for £10 million, many Hammers fans expected to see the Senegal international replaced by one of a number of quality defensive midfielders that have been linked over the summer.
So the arrival of Sanchez left many scratching their heads, particularly after such an impressive glut of signings.
But speaking on West Ham’s official website, DoF Husillos offered supporters an explanation for the signing of the 32-year-old.
“Carlos is a very experienced player whose career I have always followed closely and with admiration,” Husillos told whufc.com.
“He made a great impression for Elche in Spain when I was Sporting Director with Malaga, and came back to Spain last season on loan with Espanyol – plus of course he already has experience of England and the Premier League from his time with Aston Villa.
“He has also been a regular in the first team for Colombia for many years, and was a very important player for them at the World Cup this summer.
“(Sanchez) has great quality as a holding midfielder. He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels… he is also a fantastic professional, with great character, who will be a very good personality within the dressing room.
“I have known the Colombia national team coach, Jose Pekerman, for many, many years, and he has always spoken very highly of Carlos.”
So it seems respected Colombia boss Pekerman had a big say in Sanchez joining the Hammers.
Pekerman has managed Argentina, Tigres and Colombia in a distinguished career.
And has relied heavily on Sanchez in the heart of his side over the last six years, making him one of the country’s most capped players of all time.
Perhaps he can do a job for the club after all.