Alvin Martin claims West Ham ‘dodged two bullets’ by not signing Joey Barton and Emmanuel Adebayor

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The West Ham legend believes Adebayor and Barton would have been bad signings.

Responding to a fan tweet, West Ham hero Alvin Martin took to his personal Twitter account to suggest that the Hammers ‘dodged two bullets’ by not signing Joey Barton and Emmanuel Adebayor during the transfer window.

Barton was close to agreeing a deal with the East London club a few weeks ago, before the Hammers pulled out of offering him a contract due to a fan backlash. The Mail reported that he was training with the club, but West Ham chiefs cancelled the deal late on, and he has since signed for Championship club Burnley.

Adebayor was similarly targeted by the Irons, and with Tottenham Hotspur looking to sell the troublesome striker before the close of the transfer window, a move to the Boleyn Ground was expected.

However, once again the club pulled out of a deal, with co-chairman David Gold telling talkSPORT it was because Adebayor was too expensive to sign.

Both players have undoubted Premier League quality, but they are known for their personal issues as much as their footballing strengths, and there will always be doubts about their true worth.

Clearly Martin believes they would not have been good signings, and by suggesting that West Ham have ‘dodged two bullets’ by not signing the duo, the former defender seems to think they would have caused trouble more than bringing any good to the club.

And considering the impressive transfer window West Ham enjoyed, it is hard to not agree with Martin’s assessment of Barton and Adebayor.

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