West Ham's main link to the January transfer window involved striker Marko Arnautovic, with the Austrian seeming destined to leave the Hammers in favour of a lucrative move to China - only to end up renewing his contract with the club.
This speculation certainly dominated the headlines for West Ham fans but, once Arnautovic's new contract was confirmed, they once again waited for the club to bring in some new faces.
However, their desires were left unfulfilled, as West Ham failed to strengthen their squad and it's safe to say many fans were not pleased.
A message from Marko Arnautovic to the fans: pic.twitter.com/QgLFhMuynm— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 26, 2019
The club did do some business earlier in the window, bringing in veteran midfielder Samir Nasri on a free transfer. The Frenchman was eventually followed through the door by youngster
Same every deadline day to be fair so it’s no surprise! Can’t believe we’re not getting a left back and centre mid at least on loan - obvs settling for mid-table finish at best — Matthew Edge-Wilkins (@intalentmatt) January 31, 2019
Slightly worrying when clubs around us are strengthening.— Luke (@Lujo92) January 31, 2019
Totally unacceptable, but not a surprise. Classic Sullivan window this month- chuck a big name or two around and get rid of a couple players without replacing them.— Jack Allum (@westham009) January 31, 2019
The predominant concern for West Ham fans is the potential for the club to become lost in mid-table obscurity. They currently sit 12th in the Premier League, four points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in seventh. Fans were keen to see the club push on and challenge for European football, after a summer of significant investment.
To make matters worse, it was Wolves who emerged victorious when the two sides met on Tuesday. West Ham fell to a lacklustre 3-0 defeat at the hands of their direct competitors, prompting a concerned reaction from supporters. Unfortunately, with the window closed, nothing has changed for the club, and they must make do with their current squad until the summer.
4 forwards at the club....3 don't want to be here and 1 is as mobile lamp post, yet still no signings. Love west ham— Adam Rowland (@rowland_whufc) January 31, 2019
Got teams around us like Palace and Leicester making quality signings while we’re still sitting here with dead wood. Same ol West Ham— Liam Casey (@LiamCaseyX) February 1, 2019
Source : 90min