West Ham splash the cash on £5 million Switzerland defender – and deny they are skint

Not only have the Hammers just signed a talented defender ahead of next season, they also appear a bit peeved that people think they have run out of money. Upon leaving the club, Bobby Zamora (possibly with the taste of sour grapes in his mouth) claimed that there will be plenty more on their way out of Upton Park, while Robert Green has recently expressed his dissatisfaction with how much he is getting paid.

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However, West Ham believe they have silenced any doubters with the capture of Valon Behrami from Lazio for £5 million. Not exactly a huge money signing, although the Swiss has won 14 caps for his country and it appears he was much sought-after, according to The Guardian.

The chief executive Scott Duxbury said the club was focused on improving the existing team. “Valon will be a valuable addition as we aim for a successful season ahead. We beat off a lot of competition from other clubs to sign him and it indicates the club’s positive ambitions.

“Contrary to some reports, we are fully committed to strengthening the playing staff. There will not be a mass exodus and fans can be assured we are working as hard as always to ensure high-calibre competition in all areas of the team.”

Nevertheless, Behrami represents the sum total of West Ham’s imports this summer and there have been several reports linking Lucas Neill and Anton Ferdinand with a transfer to another Premier League club. In its current state, the Hammers squad looks just as likely to be in a relegation scrap as fighting for a UEFA Cup place – where should they be strengthening further?

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