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More transfers announced as Allardyce totally transforms West Ham
After a busy start to the transfer window, West Ham have continued their signing spree by adding another five players to their senior squad. On the other hand, seven players have left the club. Allardyce kept all these transfers a secret, and presented all four new players in one ago, along with announcing the departure of Mohamed Diamé (Hull City, permanently), Ravel Morrison (Cardiff, on loan), Joe Cole (Aston Villa, permanently), George McCartney (free transfer), Matthew Taylor (Burnley, permanently), Modibo Maïga (FC Metz, on loan) and Alou Diarra (free transfer).
The first of four players to have joined West Ham is the only English player Allardyce has signed: Aaron Cresswell. The 24-year-old left-back has joined for around 4.5 million pounds from Championship side Ipswich, where he enjoyed a very successful season. Cresswell played 41 matches last season, scoring 2 goals, and giving a staggering 14 assists. Despite being only 24 years old, he has already played more than 200 professional matches, making him quite an experienced player for his age. For these reasons, and for his reasonably low price tag, Allardyce has chosen to strengthen his relatively weak left-back position with Cresswell.
Secondly, Morgan Amalfitano has joined The Hammers, after making his debut in English football last season, for West Brom, who loaned him from Olympique Marseille. Amalfitano left a decent first impression, and is most known for his goal against Cardiff, where he lobbed the keeper from about 25 metres out. The French winger only cost the London outfit one million pounds, due to his short contract. Amalfitano has played one match for the French national team, when he was still playing for Marseille. Judging on his time at West Brom, we think that this Frenchman can provide a few goals and assists for his new club this season.
Cheikou Kouyaté is the next drip in the rain of signings West Ham are making. Playing for the same country as Sakho, Senegal, Kouyaté is a defensive midfielder who has joined West Ham for a reported fee of 8 million pounds, from Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht, where he also played as a central defender. Kouyaté is only 24 years old, so he still has some years left to improve his game even more. Physically, we think he can handle the Premier League. In the technical area, he still has things to learn, but we’re sure Kouyaté can make an impact in the Premier League.
The biggest name joining West Ham is undoubtedly Alex Song, who has joined The Hammers from FC Barcelona on a season-long loan. The former Arsenal player wasn’t happy at the amount of playing time he got at Barça, so he requested a move away from the club. When many bookmakers had put their lowest odds on a return to Arsenal, the 27-year-old chose for a club where he had a guaranteed starting line-up place, which is a very sensible choice of the Cameroonian international.
The last signing that has been officially announced, is the signing of Carl Jenkinson. The England international, only one cap, has joined West Ham on a season-long loan, just like Song. Right-back Jenkinson has been in Arsenal’s senior squad for three seasons now, but hasn’t forced a breakthrough yet. With this signing, West Ham will start the season with two new wingbacks, who both have the potential to become good players. Jenkinson was very happy with his temporary move to Allardyce’s side: “I’m very happy with this loan move, as I believe that I can grow as a player here, and return to Arsenal as a threat to the first-team.”