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‘If we sell Dawson…’ – WHU insider now shares big January transfer insight from West Ham

ExWHUemployee has revealed that West Ham United are not likely to spend big this winter, with a small January transfer budget being predicted, writes the TIF.

During the summer, the Hammers spent pretty big as they brought in a number of high-profile signings. Indeed, the club spent well over £100m as players such as Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Maxwel Cornet and Thilo Kehrer arrived.

And yet, the Premier League outfit didn’t exactly make much on player sales. Indeed, Issa Diop’s move to Fulham was the only transfer departure they made any money from.

With that in mind, it looks as though West Ham will have to tighten the purse strings over the winter months, so fans should not be expecting any major deals.

That is, at least, according to Ex, who explained as much on The West Ham Way podcast. He said: “I have been told that the budget is not going to be massive in January.

“There might be a bit if we sell [Craig] Dawson or if we sell [Harrison] Ashby, but the budget is not going to be great.

“It’s not going to be anywhere near what it was in the summer.”

Back in September, shortly after the summer window slammed shut, it was reported that a number of Premier League sides had been put on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play watchlist.

West Ham were one of the English clubs named on that list alongside Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester – so this may well explain why those who pull the strings for the Hammers want to be a little bit more careful with their cash in January.

This news will no doubt come as a bit of a disappointment for supporters. Indeed, after a slow start to the season, the club sit 16th in the league and some may therefore feel as though reinforcements are needed to help shift momentum.

Still, plenty of new players came in during the summer, and that hasn’t seemed to help as yet, so perhaps a new approach could be worth trying.