Premier League Side West Ham Turns To Soccer Version Of Craigslist To Find Players

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The 2022-23 season was a complicated one for Premier League side West Ham United.

On one hand, the East London club finished in 14th spot in the league and was fighting off relegation until the final month of the season.

On the other, the Hammers won their first European competition since 1965 (no, we’re not counting the Intertoto Cup) when they lifted the UEFA Conference League trophy in June.

Manager David Moyes likely saved his job by winning the tournament, but still faced difficult times ahead.

The club sold captain and star player Declan Rice to Arsenal in July for a reported fee of over $130 million. Rice, 24, is consider one of the league’s best midfielders and is a regular started for the England national team.

The deal was months in the making. But the hope among West Ham fans was that the money would be reinvested buy much-needed upgrades at several positions.

So far, that hasn’t been the case.

The Hammers have acquired no new players to this point, and now it seems they’re getting desperate.

Dan Sheldon of The Athletic reports the club has turned to the soccer equivalent of Craigslist to find new players.

“West Ham’s increasingly desperate search for new signings has led the club to advertise for seven squad positions on the website TransferRoom,” Sheldon wrote. “…Now, it has emerged that West Ham have advertised for seven players on TransferRoom, an online marketplace where 650 clubs from across the globe can buy, sell and advertise players.”

Sheldon states the positions listed are: left-back, centre-back, defensive midfielder, central midfielder, striker, winger and No 10.

He also reveals that the budget for each position is £20 million.

Clubs are typically fairly secretive about their transfer plans. But it appears West Ham have opted to go the opposite route.

Who knows? Maybe someone will also have a free couch or old TV they’d be willing to throw in as well.