It was truly a day of weird surprises for West Ham United, with that other news taking the headlines (more on that in another post), as the transfer deadline day has seen notable departures that were unexpected.
After signing for West Ham in a club record move in the summer of 2016 away from Swansea City, Andre Ayew has decided to the reverse and head back to the Swans for a club record move on their end. In a stunning departure, the Ghanian international has decided to head back north to Wales and team up with his brother Jordan Ayew.
That news comes after earlier in the day, in which Reece Oxford hilariously went back on loan to Borussia Monchenglabach. Yes, you read right. After coming back on loan from an improving but overall frustrating spell with Glabach, the talented English defender has decided to roll back to the Bundesliga club after seeing that he wouldn’t be consistently in the plans of David Moyes for the rest of the season.
Whether that speaks of the comical dysfunction of West Ham United in a nutshell or not, when have you ever recalled a player being brought back on loan, only to return to his loan side a few weeks later? Incredibly bizarre.
Despite the capricious exits of Ayew and Oxford, the Hammers failed to add energetic Belgian defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker away from Anderlecht. In another moment of unfortunate self-humor being placed on themselves, West Ham did not have enough time to complete the medical of the rising Belgian 22-year-old. Unreal.
The only transfer it seems will consolidate Joao Mario’s loan move for West Ham this period is the addition of Preston North End 25-year-old forward Jordan Hugill.
Otherwise, a brutal day for the Hammers on the last day of the deadline. But that pales in comparison to that other story floating around at the same time.