Jaanai Gordon

Premier League Transfer Window Grades: West Ham

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Sam Allardyce says he has never been through such a bedeviling transfer period. Clearly, he wasn’t the only Premier League manager with difficulty in filling January needs, but for whatever reason, importing players to Upton Park seemed a bridge especially too far.

Allardyce wrote in a newspaper column just before the final deadline: “The transfer window is in its final throes and I would say we’ve looked at 100 possible deals this month. … I can’t remember ever negotiating as many deals in a transfer window and, if you look across the board, it has been the same throughout the Premier League.”

The late acquisitions of Italian internationals Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino helped ease some of the transfer window frustration. Some of it – there is still clearly a big fight ahead in Allardyce’s bid to avoid relegation.

Players In

Marco Borriello (Roma, loan), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan, loan), Jaanai Gordon (Peterborough, $5.7m), Roger Johnson (Wolves, loan), Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala, loan), Pablo Armero (Napoli, loan).

Players Out

Blair Turgott (Rotherham, loan), Paul MCallum (Hearts, loan), Jordan Spence (MK Dons, loan), Modibo Maiga (QPR, loan), George Moncur (Partick Thistle, loan), Mladen Petric (released), Razvan Rat (released).

Grade: C

Borriello, 31, has seven caps for Italy. No, that’s not exactly Paolo Rossi as Azzurri all-time strikers go, but he’s got something. Having scored once in 11 Roma appearances this year, a change of address can’t hurt, and maybe can find some of the 2008 form, when Borriello flirted with the Italian Serie A scoring leadership.

At the very least, he provides some cover for the inconsistent and unreliable Andy Carroll.

Nocerino (pictured above, in the middle), 28, has 15 caps for Italy, most prominently as a member of the country’s European Championships team from 2012. While he’s not completely useless, he had become surplus around AC Milan, even more so now Michael Essien’s arrival from Chelsea. It’s fair to ask if a midfielder in such poor from around the San Siro is the man who can help the Hammers dodge relegation?

West Ham strike deal to sign 18-year-old striker Jaanai Gordon from Peterborough

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West Ham are set to complete the signing of teenage striker Jaanai Gordon on January 1st after agreeing to a deal with League One side Peterborough.

The 18-year-old Gordon has been on trial with the Hammers and recently scored in an Under-18 match against Aston Villa and in two first-team friendlies.

Since September 2012 Gordon has appeared in seven first team games for Peterborough.

The Northampton-born striker is the first of what’s expected to be a few striker signings for West Ham, who have also been linked with a loan bid for Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan and a loan bid or full purchase of Everton hit man Nikica Jelavic.

Gordon is known as a powerful striker with notable pace and a nose for goals. The question then becomes – Can Gordon make an immediate impact for West Ham?

“If it all comes together for Jaanai then West Ham have got themselves a really top player,” said Gavin Strachan, Gordon’s old youth coach at Posh.

With the current competition of Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga, there’s no reason to think Sam Allardyce won’t give the 18-year-old a shot.

West Ham currently sit 19th in the table after winning just one of their last 10 Premier League fixtures.