The appointment of Slaven Bilic today was supposed to be the beginning of a decent run of good news for the club.
With just a few weeks before our season gets under way it’s vital we start signing players who will no only strengthen the squad but also slot in immediately to Bilic’s style and philosophy.
And even before Bilic had been announced as the guy tasked with taking us to the next level, the club appeared to have already nabbed a few top class players.
But it appears we may have hit a bit of a stumbling block in our pursuit of all three of them.
Firstly, Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang was expected to have a medical ahead of signing on the dotted line this week. But reports this evening claim he’s put a deal on hold in the hope that AC Milan come calling.
That’s no real surprise give that his former Sampdoria manager Sinisa Mihajlovic was handed the AC Milan job last week and is believed to be keen on bringing Obiang with him.
So that’s one deal that looks to be in the balance after initially looking nailed on.
The final two? Marseille duo Andre Ayew and Andre Pierre Gignac, who are both leaving the Ligue 1 outfit on a free this summer.
It was initially believed the pair would follow Marcelo Bielsa to the Hammers should the Marseille boss beat Bilic to the job, but obviously that’s no longer the case. Nevertheless, it was reported just a couple of days ago that Ayew was “all but done” and was set to be announced imminently.
But Get French Football have revealed a foul mouthed rant from Gignac on Ayew, in which the France international openly admits his dislike of Ghanaian Ayew…
André Pierre Gignac on André Ayew, per France Football: "A motherf***er, he should get lost. With his brother, all they did was moan."
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 9, 2015
Ayew is now reportedly on his way to Wales to agree a move to Swansea City, while Gignac’s future is still uncertain, despite also thought to be close to signing for the Hammers.
That means we won’t be signing both of them, which is a shame because they’re class acts. But there’s still hope of signing one of them, while Obiang could still happen.
Never a dull day at West Ham, eh?