Friday, August 3

Silva lining

Young forward and Portugeezer Xande Silva has joined West Ham for £1.8 million from Vitoria de Guimaeres. It's our eighth signing of the summer, albeit a fairly minor one. Zande's only 21 and has starred for the Portugal under-20 side so is clearly one for the future. He'll be more on an addition to West ham's Under-23 side initially, but if he develops he should provide some depth to WHU's forward options. While Silva's signing could possibly mean the departure of Jordan Hugill. 

Having a new director of football in Mario Husillos has made a remarkable difference. The club is no longer haggling at the last minute and seeing deals like Carvalho fail to materialise. We've had eight signings get over the line in one summer. Quite remarkable, as the late David Coleman might have put it.

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