Sam reflects on 'dream window'
Sun, 02 Sep 2012 12:31:00
Sam Allardyce admits things could not have gone better for him in the transfer window, with West Ham making a number of shrewd additions.
The Hammers saw deadline day pass with 11 new players having been drafted into the Upton Park ranks.
Among the more notable arrivals were Andy Carroll on a season-long loan from Liverpool, Yossi Benayoun returning to the club on loan from Chelsea, Matt Jarvis making a big-money move from Wolves and Mohamed Diame opting to link up with the Hammers on a free transfer.
Allardyce is delighted with the calibre of player he has been able to acquire, with West Ham having strengthened in all areas of the field.
A 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday, in which Carroll and Diame starred, suggests the Hammers have every right to believe that their fresh faces can help them push for a top-half finish in the Premier League this season.
"I think you could say this was a dream transfer window for me," said Allardyce.
"It's a gruelling task finding the right players.
"You get to the summer break when everyone wants far too much for the players you want. You get to pre-season and they are still asking far more than what you can afford. Then you get to the last-minute, panic stations sets in and it gets a bit cheaper.
"But Karren Brady, David Sullivan, David Gold and myself have really gone to town and pressed the button on a lot of things we wanted to do."