Sullivan gives his transfer window verdict

Co-chairman David Sullivan says he’s more than satisfied with West Ham’s summer transfer business as he welcomed the 12 new arrivals.

West Ham: Sullivan gives his transfer window verdictWest Ham: Sullivan gives his transfer window verdict

Alvaro Arbeloa was the Hammers’ final incoming transfer on deadline day on Wednesday, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back joining previous captures Arthur Masuaku, Andre Ayew, Jonathan Calleri, Sofiane Feghouli, Antonio Martinez, Gokhan Tore, Simone Zaza, Havard Nordtveit, Ashley Fletcher, Edmilson Fernandes and Domingos Quina at the club.

Sullivan says boss Slaven Bilic needed to find a new right-back after it was decided Michail Antonio would be deployed most often as a winger and the co-chairman is pleased with the depth and balance of the squad.

Sullivan said: “Before the deadline day on Wednesday we had an unbalanced squad and we needed to change a few things around. We are delighted that we have been able to bring in 12 players who will hopefully make our squad even stronger.

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

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