According to ExWHUEmployee, West Ham will no longer be spending big on a midfielder this transfer window – a decision which has been influenced by the recent signing of Pablo Fornals.

This means that anyone who does come in to help out in the middle of the pitch for West Ham will need to be a loan, a free transfer or available on the cheap:

Some Hammers feel that although they are happy with who the Hammers are looking into buying, another quality midfielder is needed – which may not be available with the aforementioned conditions.

West Ham are confident of beating Everton to the loan signing of Sevilla man Maxime Gonalons, according to the Express, which fits into the apparent strategy they now have.

However, Hammers fans had been thinking a bit bigger than that, with the likes of Joan Jordan linked to a London Stadium move by El Desmarque.

Though depending on what the definition of ‘big’ money is they need to tone down expectations, with a budget friendly player likely to be the only type of midfielder who would now join.

A selection of Twitter reaction to the announcement, including posts from confused West Ham fans, can be seen below: