Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia
West Ham yesterday clinched the signing of Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli on a free transfer.
The acquisition of the 26-year-old is potentially a shrewd one, with the attacker having experience playing at Champions League level for Valencia.
He is also a player well known to former England international Gary Neville, who managed him during his stint in charge at the Mestalla last season.
Gary Neville at Valencia
Neville was replaced ahead of schedule after struggling to get the results required, while his tactical decisions were also questioned.
One of these was related to Feghouli, who he played in central midfield against Barcelona. The result was the nadir of his reign, a 7-0 defeat in the Copa del Rey.
The move was one pinpointed at the time by Sky Sports Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, who told the channel: "The criticisms they are getting after this game against Barcelona is why [Sofiane] Feghouli, who is a right winger, played in centre-midfield and why [Guilherme] Siquiera, who has just arrived, was playing as a left winger."
Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia v Barcelona
West Ham have enough talent in central midfield with the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikou Kouyate and new addition Havard Nordtveit to not to have to worry about shifting Feghouli centrally.
If they let him do what he do what he does best then he could get back to his form of 2014/15 when he provided six goals and six assists, after four goals and two assists last season.
Just watch out for Neville potentially providing some interesting insight when he returns to punditry duties next season.
Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia v Atletico Madrid