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All change at the Boleyn as window closes

Filed: Wednesday, 31st August 2011
By: Staff Writer

West Ham go into their next Championship game minus 26 players who ended the 2010/11 season at the club.

With the transfer window now officially closed, the full extent of the club's activity in the market during the summer can be revealed.

An astonishing 38 players have either arrived at or left West Ham United since temporary manager Kevin Keen oversaw the 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland just three months ago.

However only eight of those transfers have involved transfer fees - the highest being that for the current KUMB.com Player of the Year Scott Parker, who was sold to Tottenham earlier today for a fee believed to be 5million.

The other fees received for outgoing players were from Locomotiv Moscow, who paid around 1.5million for central defender Manuel Da Costa, an undisclosed fee from FC Basel for Radoslav Kovac and for Junior Stanislas, who like Parker left the club today.

West Ham, who have signed 12 players sactioned fees for four of those; the purchases of Guy Demel, Sam Baldock, Matthew Taylor and Kevin Nolan.

Full details of the club's summer transfer business can be seen below.

Revolving doors - the summer comings and goings


Free Transfers: Papa Bouba Diop, John Carew, Joey O'Brien, Abdoulaye Faye.

Purchased: Guy Demel (SV Hamburg, undisc), Sam Baldock (MK Dons 2m), Matthew Taylor (Bolton, 2.2m), Kevin Nolan (Newcastle, 4m).

Loaned: David Bentley (Tottenham, season), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal, season), Brian Montenegro (Deportivo Maldonado, season), George McCartney (Sunderland, season).

Total: 12 players (4 on loan).


End of Contract: Anthony Edgar, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Daniel Gabbidon, Lars Jacobsen, Filip Modelski, Jonathan Spector, Adam Street, Matthew Upson.

End Of Loan: Victor Obinna, Wayne Bridge, Robbie Keane.

Free Transfers: Luis Boa Morte, Kieron Dyer, Zavon Hines, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Demba Ba.

Sold: Junior Stanislas (Burnley, undisc), Scott Parker (Tottenham, 5m), Manuel Da Costa (Locomotiv Moscow, 1.5m), Radoslav Kovac (undisc).

Loans: Pablo Barrera (Real Zaragoza, season), Jordan Spence (Bristol City, season), Ahmed Adbulla (Swindon, four months), Jordan Brown (Aldershot, one month), Cristian Montano (Notts County, one month), Oliver Lee (one month).

Total: 26 players (6 on loan).

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by Birlo
07:47PM 5th Sep 2011
''I confess that I was worried when Big Sam's name was first mentioned. I am very happy to say that I couldn't have been more wrong.

Well done Sam, you are a real manager and I believe I can speak for many fans in saying how good it is to see us being run properly, for a change.''

by RJ
09:28PM 3rd Sep 2011
''Bit disappointed at Stanislas' departure; otherwise, seems to set us up pretty well for the season, especially if Baldock cuts the mustard.''

by Gavin Brien
12:34PM 1st Sep 2011
''Not a great window - are you kidding me?! I think this has been a fantastic window, we've managed to shift out a load of players not good enough for the Championship, let alone the Premier League and brought in Premier League quality players as well as some promising youngsters to supplement the core of players who have remained.

I'll obviously be sad to see Scotty P go but apart from that I will not be losing any sleep about the others, I'll be suprised if any of them go onto better things.

Granted, the back four still looks weak but in my opinion the Championship is an average standard of football and I fully expect us to bulldozer the teams in there with the squad we have. So if we ship a few in at the back who cares, we'll worry about that next season!''

by paulv
11:27AM 1st Sep 2011
''Excellent work from the club to transform the playing staff in three months. The previous comment seems bizarre.''

by CB
08:45AM 1st Sep 2011
''Taylor, Bentley, Faubert, Sears, Montano, Demel and Lansbury can play there too. That not enough cover out wide?''

by Kev Taylor
08:37AM 1st Sep 2011
'''Not a great window for us'?! 'Many good players have left and have not been replaced'?! Let's take a look at the good players who have left:- Upson, Gabbidon, Dyer, Barrera, Boa Morte, Bridge, Obinna, Keane........yeah, real quality.

The only player of quality that did leave was Parker and he had lost interest anyway (if you have watched us this season). The players that left took us down without giving a damn, I would suggest this is the best window West Ham have enjoyed since the 'transfer window' came into effect. Well done Big Sam!''

by Terry
08:22AM 1st Sep 2011
''I couldn't disagree more, I think it's an excellent window for us. Managing to keep Green and Cole was vital. The midfield, with the likes of Nolan, Bently, Lansbury, Taylor and Collison is arguably stronger than last season. The arrival of Faye, Demel and McCartney plus the promising partnership of Tomkins and Reid gives the defence a much more solid look than last term.

We will have to see how the forwards do; if Baldock can hit the ground running we could walk this division. My only concern is the lack of pace throughout the team, but with a proper manager in charge at least I'm sure we can adjust to that.''

by Dan
07:54AM 1st Sep 2011
'''Many' good players have left Like..?

The reality is great business in this window and a great solid start from the team in the Championship. Most people would agree that this is a stronger first team and squad than we had last season, or for a couple of seasons.

Well done, Sullivan, Gold, Brady and Big Sam!''

by PhillyHammers
06:56AM 1st Sep 2011
''We now have a squad of which anybody could play and do well instead of expensive also-rans and injury cases. At a rough calculation we have achieved it with a loss of around 1million and cut a massive chunk off the wage bill (Thanks Scott).

All in all it backs the point that a proper manager at the club rather than a talented ex player or a...er...whatever Grant was, will do good business on and off the field.

If we do anything with the last open loan spot I'd go for a centre half or another small striker.

Well done Gold, Sullivan, Brady and Allardyce!''

by g portugal
06:09AM 1st Sep 2011
''Extremely good window, especially for a club that was relegated. The only good players that left were those we had no power to keep. We now DO have cover in all areas of the pitch with the business done over the last week of the window.

Shows what can be done with a decent manager.''

by Dave
03:26AM 1st Sep 2011
''Not a good wndow for us? W have all areas covered.''

by tony
01:02AM 1st Sep 2011
''Attack good for Championship standard, but poor at Premier League standard.
Midfield very good for the Championship in the centre, but back-up down wings a concern.

Defence ok for Championship but any long-term injury or suspension will leave us cruelly exposed. I cannot understand the lack of strengthening and we may suffer for it. A long-term injury to Tomkins will really hurt us. Also a lot of the signings are older players or players with previous injury problems, this is a concern with a smaller squad.
Not much difference between income and out goings on transfer fees, it would appear.''

10:42PM 31st Aug 2011
''Not a great window for us...many good players have left, and have not been replaced. We have too many forwards and center mids, with a weak back four and no cover for our wide men.''

by matt
10:13PM 31st Aug 2011
''Not too bad, all in all. Parker was always expected to leave and we have kept Cole, Green, Collison and Tomkins and we haven't picked up any real donkeys.''

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