When asked who my five dream signings would be, a whole host of memories of weeks spent in front of my laptop scouring the Football Manager database for that ‘next star’ come flooding back. Cheekily putting £5million bids in for players worth £15million just in case they are in financial woe and that those payments over 64 months will do the trick. Alas it never works.
Ironically two on my list are current West Ham players, on loan from Arsenal and Barcelona respectively, boring I know but I genuinely believe those two have made a massive difference this season.
As I walked back in the cold to Plaistow station on Sunday I said to my Dad, that if we managed to secure Alex Song in the summer it would be the best signing in our history. A big statement maybe, but from my seat at the weekend you could just tell he is too good for us, he always seems to find that pocket of space and with such ease too.
Now I have been told to try and be realistic, because naturally I would just reel off Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Thiago Silva and that rather decent Belgian in-between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, Thibaut Courtois. But I don’t think anyone in world football has a budget that big let alone David Gold and Sullivan.
Those players will just have to wait until we are regulars in the Champions League, so two or three years time then. Messi and co can wait a few years, for now I will tell you my five ideal ‘realistic dream’ signings.
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