Why West Ham's signing of Feghouli is encouraging news for Hammers fans

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The Hammers have secured the signing of two international players on free transfers so far this summer.

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West Ham completed the free transfer signing of Algeria star Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia yesterday, securing the attacking midfielder on a three year deal according to the club website.

The move is another example of the smart business David Gold and David Sullivan are doing ahead of the Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium for next season, and surely indicates positive times ahead for the club.

There has been plenty of talk about West Ham's pursuit of a real top class centre forward that can terrorise Premier League defences, and the willingness to spend big money in order to secure that kind of player. The reality is that those kinds of players are often the more expensive to acquire.

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But with West Ham looking upwards from their seventh place finish last season, towards being able to regularly challenge for a top four position, the likes of Feghouli and Nordtveit are genuine encouraging additions, being regular impressive performers for sides featuring at the top of the Spanish and German divisions in recent years.

The ability to raise the general standard of the squad, with players that can feature in more than one position, without dipping into their transfer budget, is sensible and efficient by the East Londoners, and could bide well for the rest of the summer, and for that big name forward when they get him.

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