Hammers joint-chairman assesses West Ham’s summer business

Date published: Thursday 1st September 2016 3:09

David Sullivan: Discusses West Ham transfers

David Sullivan believes West Ham did a good job in re-balancing the squad on transfer deadline day and also has high hopes for Simone Zaza.

The Hammers were one of the busier Premier League clubs over the summer, with the latest arrival of Alvaro Arbeloa serving multiple purposes.

“We are delighted that we have been able to bring in 13 players who will hopefully make our squad even stronger,” Sullivan told the club’s official website.

“Before the deadline day on Wednesday we had an unbalanced squad and we needed to change a few things around.

“The decision has now been made that Michail Antonio will play as a winger after originally starting the season as a right back.

“As a result we had to move out a winger, getting a £1.5m loan fee plus wages covered on Enner Valencia, and have brought in a full back to compete with and help Sam Byram.

“We explored all avenues and managed to secure the signature of one of the more experienced full backs in the world and one with Premier League experience.

“He is ideally a few weeks away from playing in a game as he has not trained with a team since May and needs more game time.

Sullivan is also excited about seeing Zaza in action and is poised to make his debut next weekend.

“This has been a big few days for the Club following the signing of Simone Zaza from Juventus over the weekend,” he added.

“Zaza could become one of the major stars and we saw his qualities when he came came on and scored at London Stadium a few weeks ago.

“He’s fit and ready to play. We expect him to lead the line against Watford.”

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