Deadline Day Summary- No Dendoncker, No Smolov, Ayew sold to rival, Hugill signed from PNE

As far as transfer deadline days go, this was a pretty bad one, mildly put, for West Ham.

The day started with increased gossip surrounding midfielder Leander Dendoncker and striker Fyodor Smolov, with both players personally very keen on a move to the London Stadium. However West Ham were unable to agree a fee with Anderlecht for Dendoncker and Krasnodar for Smolov. They bid £16m for Dendoncker when his asking fee was somewhere around the £20m mark. The player had even skipped Anderlecht’s second training session for the day, waiting for a move.

As for Smolov, “an acceptable offer didn’t arrive for his services”, with West Ham reportedly not willing to meet Krasnodar’s £12m valuation of the Russian striker. This, when Diafra Sakho had been sold to Rennes for £8m (£4.5m plus addons), Andre Ayew had been shipped off to a relegation rival in Swansea for £18m, and Toni Martinez had been loaned to Valladolid.


Not surprisingly, both deals fell through, and the only permanent striker the club eventually managed to sign was Jordan Hugill. The 25 year old was signed from Championship outfit Preston North End for a reported £10m. They also brought in Oladapo Afolayan from non-league side Solihull Moors, but we’ll set that aside for a moment because he will first be taken into the U23’s.

Hugill has scored 3, 12 and 8 goals in the Championship in his last three seasons of professional football (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18). While it’s not certainly his fault, his signature wasn’t met with great enthusiasm by Hammers fans on social media, especially given the original targets the club had in mind. Newcastle, for all their well documented transfer window struggles, did manage to land Islam Slimani from Leicester on deadline day.


So to summarise, this is how the winter transfer window essentially went for West Ham

One loan signing (without an option to buy) in Joao Mario
One permanent signing in the form of Jordan Hugill from Championship outfit PNE


Diafra Sakho to Rennes
Andre Ayew to Swansea
Reece Burke on loan to Bolton
Martin Samuelsen on loan to Burton Albion
Toni Martinez on loan to Valladolid
Reece Oxford on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach


  1. Some of the blame, if not all, has to lie at the feet of the Daves.

    I, for one, don’t think they intended to sign Dendoncker at all. Making lowball bids with no intention to buy seems to be their style.

    There’s some talk that Antonio wants out too, which is a pity if true.

    I hope Hugill can do a Paulinho, but I’m not too hopeful.

  2. Well the last week has hardly been our finest with spitting and then Tony Henry sounding racist which might explain some of our failures in the transfer market.
    I will not criticise Gold and Sullivan as we were racing to administration with our Icelandic owners when they stepped in.
    They have made some odd appointments ( Grant ? ) now maybe Henry however we are in a much stronger position now and come on in the top 20 richest clubs in the world !!!
    As for Jordan Hugill, none of us New much about Arron Cresswell or Michail Antonio before they came to us out of the championship so let’s give him a chance.

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