West Ham co-owner David Gold says transfer dealings showed intent to give Boleyn Ground a fitting send-off

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West Ham United co-owner David Gold says the club's transfer business this summer was driven by a desire to give the Boleyn Ground a fitting send off.

The Hammers were one of the busiest clubs on deadline day, and indeed all summer, signing 12 players in total with a net spend of around £25-30 million including loan fees.

The east Londoners are widely considered to have done some of the best business of the summer overall.

The Hammers have embarked on one of the most important seasons in their history, the last ever at their famous Boleyn Ground home of 112 years before they move to the 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium.

A team fit to grace landmark seasons at famous stadiums

And Gold has told TalkSport that he and fellow co-owner David Sullivan were driven by a desire to ensure the club remember the next two landmark seasons for all the right reasons.

"Again we've gone the extra mile," Gold said on TalkSport.

"It has to be remembered that we've got two very, very big seasons coming up.

"We've got the last season at Upton Park, which is going to be very emotional, then we've got the exciting following season when we move to the Olympic Stadium.

"These will be memorable seasons that fans will remember for years to come and we've got to give them a team that will be successful in both those seasons."

Transfer business has given Bilic every chance

Looking at the club's dealings Gold and Sullivan have given new manager Slaven Bilic every chance to do just that.

Left-back Stephen Hendrie, who signed a pre-contract agreement in the January window, and goalkeeper Darren Randolph were the first to join Bilic's revolution signing from Hamilton and Birmingham City respectively.

They were followed by the signings of Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria, Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus and youngster Martin Samulsen from Manchester City.

Manuel Lanzini, star signing Dimitri Payet and Carl Jenkinson were next through the door.

That was before a quite memorable deadline day in east London where no less than four players were brought in.

Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, Chelsea star Victor Moses and Nottingham Forest's exciting and powerful winger Michail Antonio all signed up to bolster a buoyant squad in the wake of a stunning 3-0 win over Liverpool, the club's first victory at Anfield for 52 years.

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