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West Ham United have been one of the standout clubs in the transfer market this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini has been backed with a warchest that is set to topple the £100 million mark by Thursday’s deadline.

And there is renewed optimism around a club that has been dogged by poor form and even worse relations between owners and fans since the move to the London Stadium two years ago.

It is a yardstick of how far West Ham will have come this summer if – as is expected (BBC Sport) – they complete the signing of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez before the deadline.

Signing Arsenal’s backup striker as backup for their own glut of new and existing attacking talent is unquestionable progress for West Ham.

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So why spoil it?

And spoil it West Ham will if they complete another rumoured transfer with the signing of Aston Villa and World Cup flop Carlos Sanchez (Evening Standard).

Yes the Colombian would only be backup for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble.

But Hammers supporters are perplexed the club could bring in the 32-year-old Villa relegation flop just a week after selling Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace.

And it is easy to see why.

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Sanchez was dismal for Villa, a shambles for his national side at the World Cup – where he was sent off in the opening three minutes of Colombia’s campaign for a handball before giving away a penalty against England in the knockout stage defeat.

But proof if it is needed that Sanchez would be the wooden spoon signing of the window by West Ham comes from Italy where he was voted into the Serie A Wooden Spoon Team of the Season despite being sent to Espanyol on loan for half of it.

A ringing endorsement indeed. The Viola can’t get him out of the door quick enough.

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