West Ham spent big during the summer, in an attempt to build on their recent top-seven finishes and help manager David Moyes to evolve the side’s style of play.
Even without these signings, you could comfortably use free bets with Linebet to wager on the team finishing in the top half of the EPL this season, but the Hammers have ambitions to do much better during the 2022/23 campaign.
Of course, we have yet to see whether big money purchases like Lucas Paquetá and Gianluca Scamacca deliver a return on the Hammers’ investment, while West Ham having a mixed record when it comes to the success of their most expensive signings in the Premier League era.
However, the Hammers have also made some inspired signings during this time. Here are three of the best!
#3. Dimitri Payet
This selection may divide West Ham fans, with the mercurial Payet having seen his time in East London sour after he went on strike to secure a move back to former club Marseille in his native France.
In just under two years, however, Payet managed to wow Hammers fans with his supreme vision, dribbling skills and set-piece ability, despite only arriving from Marseille in a cut-price deal worth £10.7 million.
His career got off to a superb start too, as Payet delivered a free-kick assist in a 2-0 win over Arsenal on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.
In fact, Payet also won the coveted Player of the Year gong at the end of this season, while he was also in contention to win the PFA Players’ Player of Year award.
So, although it all went wrong for Payet after a disappointing second season, his sheer quality and immediate impact at West Ham should not be overlooked.
#2. Carlos Tevez
For all the confusion and controversy surrounding the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians and the ownership structure that surrounded these two players, both played a key role in West Ham’s EPL survival in the 2006/07 season as the side won seven of their final 10 league matches after being bottom of the table.
It was Tevez who provided the attaching thrust, however, scoring seven crucial goals in this 10-game run including the decisive strike in the final day, 1-0 win at Old Trafford that confirmed the Hammers’ great escape.
Tevez remains a firm fans’ favourite to this day, even though he subsequently joined Manchester United in the summer in a £20 million deal.
Mascherano subsequently represented Liverpool and Barcelona too, so it’s clear to see the quality that these players brought to the Hammers side for a brief and crucial period.
#1. Paolo Di Canio
Be honest, did you really expect any other player to top our list of the best ever Premier League signings for the Hammers?
His signing represented a huge gamble at the time, however, with Di Canio then 31 years old and having missed several months after serving an 11-game ban for shoving referee Paul Alcock while at previous club Sheffield Wednesday.
The £1.5 million transfer fee proved to be money well spent, however, with Di Canio firing the Hammers to fifth place in 1998/99, while scoring 47 goals in 118 league games (and 51 in 141 matches overall).
The Italian’s acrobatic volley against Wimbledon in March 2000 also won the EPL goal of the decade in 2009, and in many respects Di Canio became a bargain talisman for the Hammers just as Eric Cantona did for Manchester United.