West Ham United announced they have signed Basel forward Albian Ajeti for £8 million on Thursday morning, and their fans have been reacting to the news on social media.
The Hammers have been busy bolstering their attacking options this summer, as they prepare for a campaign in which they hope to be challenging for spots in Europe at the very least.
Manuel Pellegrini has seen a number of forward players depart the London Stadium since the end of last season, but had already secured the services of the likes of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller, who the West Ham boss brought in to replace those who have left.
The Chilean has not finished there however, and announced the signing of Ajeti on Thursday, to give his attacking unit a further lift, ahead of what is an important campaign for the Hammers.
The Switzerland international was involved in the UEFA Nations League finals earlier in the summer, after an excellent season at Basel which saw him notch 15 goals in 35 matches for the Swiss outfit, a record which soon alerted the West Ham hierarchy.
The 22-year-old comes with a big reputation, albeit at a lower level, and could be one to really excite the London Stadium faithful this season, as he looks to help with the Hammers’ goal threat.
It remains to be seen what sort of a role the Swiss star will play in his maiden campaign with West Ham, with Javier Hernandez already at the club to battle for the striker position, but he looks a good option whenever he will be called upon.
Hammers fans seem pleased with the move, with the addition not only likely to bolster them in the present, but offers a good option for them in the future, with the amount of potential improvement that is in him.
Here are some of their messages:
West Ham Utd attacking threat this season:
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) August 8, 2019
I am excited by the signing of Ajeti & whilst it is a big step up there is a bit of a Jovic about his style that makes me thing could work in tandem beautifully with Haller & make defending against us a nightmare especially when the cavalry arrives too in Anderson, Fornals & co.
— Mike Hare (@mhare641) August 8, 2019
Welcome Albian Ajeti. Should be covered up front for this season.
— West Ham Stuff (@WestHamStuff) August 8, 2019
Ajeti gives me the feels of Jovic
— Jamie (@Jamie__WHU) August 8, 2019
Albian Ajeti is a hammer! Can’t sit here and say I’ve ever seen Ajeti play, but he is a player I’ve heard very, very good things about! He had a pretty decent record at Basel, now he gets a chance to shine in the Premier League! Another positive step by the club! #WHUFC #COYI pic.twitter.com/ZNgReB5jNq
— Dan (@FanDanGoals) August 8, 2019
LOVE THIS. welcome Ajeti ⚒ https://t.co/2Sn13acOq6
— MileHighHammers (@MileHighHammers) August 8, 2019
Been a massive fan of Ajeti ever since I watched his best bits on youtube yesterday evening cracking signing for the boys
— Ted (@tedpowell2108) August 8, 2019
So looks like Ajeti is the final incoming in this window I think we've done alright got rid of some deadwood Arnie, Carroll, Adrian etc and recruited some young hungry players who want to play for us I'm happy with that 👍… Still need a cdm tho maybe in Jan ⚒️
— Paul Connelly (@Hammer66Paul) August 8, 2019
Ajeti signed. Record for Basel
— Mikespace Online ™ (@MikespaceOnline) August 8, 2019
Really pleased we got the Ajeti deal over the line. I’m less worried now about our striker situation. I think that’s us done as far as incomings are concerned. They’ll be a few going out on loan. I’m happy with the business we’ve done. We’ve brought in some good, young talent.
— ⚒ Forever West Ham ⚒ (@ForeverWestHam4) August 8, 2019