How have West Ham United fared in the transfer window so far?

Andy Carroll

After signing their main target early, West Ham United just need to find a strike partner for Andy Carroll to assure themselves of a successful transfer window.

Players signed: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Adrian (Real Betis), Daniel Whitehead (Stockport County) 

Players/positions needed: Another striker is the priority at West Ham, with Loic Remy, Salomon Kalou and Matej Vydra all on the radar as potential partners for Andy Carroll, but West Ham have a strong squad in general after a fine first season back in the Premier League

Players missed out on: West Ham’s move for Duvan Zapata collapsed due to the striker not obtaining a work permit, whilst Oscar Trejo opted to move to Toulouse rather than East London. The Hammers were also linked with Inter midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovińá, but he now looks set to stay at the Serie A side.

Possible outgoings: After Carlton Cole and Gary O’Neil were released, West Ham are unlikely to see any more departures this summer.

Budget remaining? Carroll did come cheap, with West Ham reportedly paying over £15million for the Liverpool player, but there is probably £8-10million left for another forward.

Analysis: West Ham’s priority this summer was undoubtedly to complete the permanent signing of Andy Carroll, and having done so, it is fair to say their transfer window has been a successful one regardless of what follows.

The England international started slowly last season, but by the end of the year he looked close to his best form again, and should he continue in the same vein and avoid too many injury problems, Carroll will be a superb signing for a team set up to get the best out of the former Liverpool player.

However they are still short of firepower upfront, and bringing in another forward is a necessary priority for the club. Matej Vydra or Loic Remy would be canny additions that would be relatively cheap and both would work well in partnership with Carroll. Kalou is more of a risk, but has plenty of Premier League experiences, and can play in a wide range of positions.

Grade so far: B

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