West Ham: from Hart to Hernández new boys promise much – if you can see

The long squint over the running track could be a more rewarding one for West Ham fans this season after some encouraging summer transfer activity

Star man: The Hammers have a rich heritage when it comes to discovering Argentinian talent, from Carlos Tevez to Jonathan Calleri, and Manuel Lanzini’s joyful performances after Dimitri Payet buggered off to Marseille in January cemented him as a firm crowd favourite. The cherubic 24-year-old finished last season with eight goals, including the schadenfreude-scented one that ended Tottenham’s title challenge, and even Lionel Messi is a fan judging by the Lanzini shirt hanging on a wall in his house.

Biggest summer buy: Marko Arnautovic arrived at Stoke City with a reputation as a troublemaker, accused by José Mourinho of all people of having the “attitude of a child”, but the gifted Austrian forward has put those days behind him and, while a club record £20m might seem a bit steep for a 28-year-old who blows hot and cold, he is significantly better than last summer’s comedy punts.

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Source: Football News
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