Part of the reason for the growing scrutiny over Curbishley is a lack of knowledge of the foreign transfer market. He has himself admitted to a weakness in this area in the past, which helps to explain why West Ham have employed the Italian Gianluca Nani as the club’s technical director.
The squad should be enhanced further today with another Nani recruit as West Ham hope to announce the signing of the powerful midfielder Stephen Appiah from Fenerbahce for £5m, although they were last night dealing with late interest from the Ghanaian’s former club Juventus. Two more Nani signings are expected before the transfer window closes at midnight on Monday – a striker and a defender – with the leading candidates including Henrik Larsson and Pegguy Luyindula for the attacking role and Gaël Givet in defence. The latter two would be season-long loans with an option to buy.
More cheap foreign imports or better value for money? West Ham Utd have spent a lot over the past couple of years on English-based players with little reward. Can it simply be put down to bad luck with injuries?