Scanning through the media just now it's pretty clear that nobody really knows what is going on in the minds of David Moyes and the board in respect of new signings.
While that may be unsatisfying for fans, and of course the media, it's a marker of improved transfer politics at the club. Cast you mind back to some of the messy non-transfers of recent years and it is reassuring to note that it has clearly become club policy to play stonefaced poker in the transfer market.
That makes for better business and also avoids a repeat of some of the embarrasing spats we have seen in recent years where there have been nasty exchanges with the likes of Charlie Austen and most amusingly the Sporting Lisbon president who famously called the Davids the 'dildo brothers' in the row over William Carvalho's non-transfer. Those incidents did little to enhance our reputation as a club to do business with!
So, right now we are left with hollow speculation as, hopefully, behind the scenes the club are busy seeking new recruits. Beyond all the makey-uppy bullsh** there are a few givens about the transfer situation.
Firstly, we have 40+ million to spend. We still haven't cashed in the money from Haller's departure and have substantially reduced our wages bill with the departure of Anderson et al.
Secondly, GSB are getting close to selling up. They have largely achieved their goals for the club and however else some fans may feel we have been transformed from a bankrupt Championship side with a crap squad to a top six Premiership outfit with a strong group of players and a huge stadium in a desirable location. We are perfectly placed for new owners to invest in.
Thirdly, the party line from the club about only bringing in players who will compete for places in the starting XI sounds good but is just a delaying tactic until the market hots up next week. There are very few players who would genuinely displace Antonio up front or Rice/Soucek in midfield but we clearly need decent cover in those positions. In the covid era clubs across Europe are desperate for cash and what has been a thin market will almost certainly open up.
Finally, ultimately GSB are business folk and will know that the West Ham brand will continue to grow only with further investment. The failure to replace Haller in January and bring in another midfielder almost certainly cost the club the 2-3 points that would have sealed a Champion's league spot.
Strap yourselves in, it'll be a busy week...