The signing of Keiron Dyer has done little to shed West Ham’s reputation as the the most farcical club in the country.
Dyer is just the latest piece of a badly behaved jigsaw puzzle including Anton Ferdinand, Lucas Neill and Lee Bowyer – not the best to way divert controversy away from the club.
However, it’s not just disciplinary problmes that have dogged West Ham.
There are still serious doubts over whether they should even be allowed to compete in this season’s Premier League.
The Tevez and Macherano affair has hogged the football limelight for the last few months and will still not go away, even though the players have gone on to pastures new.
Still, in classic West Ham fashion, they did their utmost to get a fee for a player they clearly didn’t own. Surely the sensible thing to do would have been to let him quietly slip through the back door.
But it is the legal warngle with Sheffield United that encapsulate all that is wrong with the Hammers.
The Blades are, rightly or wrongly, trying to sue the Upton Park club for £50 million. Whether or not it is just sour grapes, I found West Ham’s comments strangely ironic.
If you missed it, they called them ‘desperate’.
What can be more desperate than signing Matthew Upson, Luis Boa Morte and Nigel Quashie on £100,000 a week and illegally acquiring two Argentinians to help you beat the drop?
I pity West Ham fans – they get more excitement outside their ground then they do in it.