West Ham United chairman David Gold responds to critics of the club's transfer activity

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet

The struggles of Slaven Bilic's side have not been helped by the vast majority of West Ham's summer signings falling flat on their face.

West Ham owner David Gold has taken to Twitter to remind fans that the club has secured a number of impressive coups in the transfer market in recent years amid criticism of their recent signings.

The Hammers were expected to build on last season’s impressive sixth placed finish in their first campaign at the London Stadium but are currently just a point above the drop zone, with the club’s board coming under scrutiny due to the failure of many of their summer signings.

Strikers Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher have not managed a goal between them so far, Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit and Alvaro Arbeloa have fallen out of favour while Sofiane Feghouli (below), arguably their marquee arrival, is yet to start a single Premier League game.

Accrington Stanley's Janoi Donacien in action with West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli

However, Gold has responded to criticism by pointing out that, in recent windows, West Ham secured the signatures of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, among others, for relatively minor fees.

Gold also retweeted a fan who pointed out that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea spent huge sums on players who are yet to make an impact in their new surrounds though, unlike West Ham, the London rivals can at least fall back on the fact that they are not too far away from their objectives.

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