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Ironside: Goodbye panic buys, hello sensible and effective transfers

Joe Cole on his West Ham United return. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Joe Cole on his West Ham United return. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:50 PM

Transfer windows these days at West Ham are a hell of a thing.

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Name: Chris Wilkerson

Twitter handle: @The_Wilkerson

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Favourite player: Mark Noble or Winston Reid

Most memorable game: Playoff Final

Predicted finish: 12th

Where has the frenzy of old gone? Why are we not waiting until deadline day, panicking and then paying over the odds for injury-prone risks?

Stability is running the show with the Hammers these days; targets appear to have been planned months in advance, moves being made swiftly and a sensible understanding of value being shown.

You may scoff that I praise the club only 10 days into January, but that is how impressive we have been this window. Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh have been signed up in days, and Joey has already created two goals in a glorious comeback. Even young Sean Maguire has been snapped up with little fuss, but bags of potential.

At least we have been able to pull out the jokes for two of the most recent names we have been linked with. Messrs Wellington Paulista and Gaetan Bong are a lame pun-maker’s dream.

"I felt we were one of the real winners of the summer transfer window, and this January we are showing signs that we will work the market better than many of our competitors again"

Chris Wilkerson

I quite like Sam Allardyce’s apparent decision to target Martin Olsson and Paul Robinson, both players from his old side Blackburn, who look set to continue our trait of good value in transfer targets.

We are even strongly linked with full backs. Full backs! Sensible defensive signings at West Ham, addressing areas of the squad with weakness or little depth.

The loan deals for Chamakh and that mooted for Wellington are also interesting. On one side of the coin we are paying players who could well be long gone come next season. On the other we are testing players, seeing if they are worth the future transfer fee and place in our squad.

I felt we were one of the real winners of the summer transfer window, and this January we are showing signs that we will work the market better than many of our competitors again.

Now let’s just keep Mohamed Diame and we will rocket up the table again.

I would like to wish co-owner David Gold good health and a speedy recovery from pneumonia. I hope to see his tweets returning soon.

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