West Ham new signings: Confirmed ins and outs for summer 2024

Julen Lopetegui will be looking to make signings this summer to improve West Ham's squad which had been moulded to ex-manager David Moyes' liking.

The Hammers missed out on Europe last campaign, so this will be the Spaniard's main goal to get his side back into the top six.

The Hammers have already been aggressive in the transfer market making two permanent signings and looking to add further Premier League experience and youth to their ranks, it looks to be an exciting few weeks.

West Ham are set for an exciting transfer window
Julen Lopetegui has wasted no time this summer transfer window – Photo by Icon Sport

West Ham new signings for summer 2024

West Ham new signings
Previous club
Fee

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Max Kilman

Wolves

£40m

🇧🇷 Luis Guilherme

Palmeiras

£25.5m

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Wes Foderingham

Sheffield Utd

Free

Max Kilman – Wolves (£40 million)

If anybody knows whether or not Max Kilman is worth £40 million, it's the man who made him captain for the first time at Wolves, Julen Lopetegui. The former English futsal star has become West Ham's second-most expensive signing in history, only marginally behind Sebastien Haller.

Kilman has over 150 Premier League appearances under his belt, so he'll be able to make an instant impact on the West Ham backline while also having his best years ahead of him. The 27-year-old centre-back is very comfortable on the ball given his futsal background which will allow the Hammers to play out from the back with ease.

The former Wolves skipper can also be relied upon to not miss many games as he was one of the few players to play every minute in the league last season. So, West Ham are not just signing a great defender, but one who will, more likely than not, always be available.

Luis Guilherme – Palmeiras (£25.5 million)

Despite having less than 50 first-team career appearances under his belt, West Ham have invested a significant amount of money into their new signing, Luis Guilherme. The Brazilian youth star has previously only played for Palmeiras so adjusting to the Premier League may well be difficult.

Guilherme is likely to be a very rough diamond in need of moulding by Lopetegui, so West Ham fans shouldn't expect miracles from their Brazilian ace in the immediate future.

Wes Foderingham – Sheffield United (Free agent)

With West Ham having one of the best goalkeeper duos in the Premier League in the form of Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola, a third-choice keeper must recognise they are going to be restricted to minimal action.

So, signing Wes Foderingham, a keeper who conceded 79 league goals last season is a smart addition. The ex-Sheffield United man will play understudy and be there to make up the numbers, but as a free agent, he's an astute signing.

West Ham's new signing, Max Kilman
Max Kilman is now West Ham's second-most expensive signing – Photo by Icon Sport

Confirmed West Ham departures in summer 2024

Thilo Kehrer – Monaco (£9.5 million)

Kehrer was allowed to join Monaco on loan in order to get more game time in January and helped the French side finish second in Ligue 1, only behind winners PSG. The German international managed to trigger a clause which saw Monaco buy him for £9.5 million this summer.

The Hammers signed Kehrer for just over £10 million in the summer of 2022. So, only losing around £500,000 on someone who made 50 appearances and won the Europa Conference League will surely be regarded as solid business and a deal which works for all parties.

Angelo Ogbonna – (Contract expired)

After almost a decade at West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna is leaving the Hammer. The ex-Italian international has been a mainstay under numerous managers at the London Stadium, racking up 249 appearances across all competitions.

There have not been many rumours talking about Ogbonna's future and at 36 years of age, his options could well be very limited. The long-time West Ham servant may well fancy a return to his homeland of Italy, or even one last payday in the MLS or Saudi Arabia if those offers are to come about.

Said Benrahma – Lyon (£13 million)

It was never a match made in heaven between West Ham and Said Benrahma. The Algerian international has started just 67 games since joining in 2020. The winger has now completed a permanent move to Lyon after spending the second half of last season on loan with the French side.

Benrahma was a relative success last season with Lyon registering six goal involvements in just 10 Ligue 1 starts and now he has a chance to kickstart his career back into gear.

Ben Johnson – Ipswich Town (Contract expired)

A West Ham academy graduate has said goodbye to his boyhood club and taken a chance on joining newly promoted Ipswich Town. Ben Johnson had been heavily linked with a move to Crystal Palace; however, he's seen the plans and excitement around the Tractor Boys and decided to play guaranteed first-team football.

Johnson was never a guaranteed starter at the London Stadium – especially under Moyes – so moving away will aid his future development and allow the Hammers to pursue a new right back.

Flynn Downes – Southampton (£18 million)

This was a transfer which always looked likely to happen once Southampton booked their spot in the Premier League for this season. Flynn Downes spent last season on loan with the Saints in a bid to get more regular game time, but instead, he appears to have found a new home.

Downes only managed to make 21 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, so for them to recoup around £18 million and make a profit on the midfielder will be viewed as good business. Southampton manager, Russell Martin made it clear this summer that Downes was his priority signing, so it's a deal which appears to have worked out for everyone.


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