West Ham’s transfer dealings have been a mixed bag in recent windows. From the massive highs of getting Dimitri Payet in for a relatively low fee to Simone Zaza’s disastrous arrival on loan last summer, there is plenty of ammo for those who want to back the club and those keen to aim shots at the decision-makers in the boardroom.
And TuttoMercatoWeb’s report that Pablo Zabaleta is set to sign a three-year contract at the London Stadium has done little to unify supporters. The Argentine will apparently join the Hammers on a free transfer when his Manchester City deal expires in a few months’ time, and even though he would solve the right-back conundrum Slaven Bilic has, at 32 he’s certainly not a long-term option.
While some see the positives of getting a natural winner into the dressing room, many are concerned that ‘Pab Zab’ will prove too costly and is not the right man for the job. Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter…
I like Zabaleta but I’d much prefer Sagna
— BilicOUT (@Kxuyate) 5 April 2017
@TomTeeCee Imagine a back 4 of Zabaleta, Collins and Fonte in it. Wow!
— Bud Hedges (@BHedges10) 5 April 2017
zabaleta is a very good signing
— freddo 父 (@claretandblue_) 5 April 2017
— STAN WHUFC (@davestan64) 5 April 2017
— Eugene Gaughan (@eugene_gaughan) 5 April 2017