Welcome to another instalment of transfer reliability guides!
Let’s take a look at the media dependability pyramid for West Ham…
West Ham transfer tier of reliability
|Name||Media Outlet / Country||Tier Ranking||Reliability Rating|
|Official Club Source||www.whufc.com||Tier 0|
|ExWHUEmployee||Twitter: @ExWHUemployee||Tier 2|
|BBC Sports||United Kingdom||Tier 2|
|Sam Inkersole||football.london||Tier 2|
|Lee Clayton||TalkSport||Tier 2|
|Kaveh Solhekol||Sky Sports||Tier 2|
|Gianluca Di Marzio||Italy||Tier 2|
|Alfredo Pedulla||Italy||Tier 2|
|Paris United||France||Tier 2|
|Nico Schira||Italy||Tier 2|
|The Guardian||United Kingdom||Tier 2|
|The Independent||United Kingdom||Tier 2|
|The Telegraph||United Kingdom||Tier 2|
|Gazetta dello Sport||Italy||Tier 3|
|Sky Sports||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Goal.com||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|TalkSport||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Mundo Deportivo||Spain||Tier 3|
|ESPN||US / UK||Tier 3|
|Football.London||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|NBC Sports||US||Tier 3|
|Liverpool Echo||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Manchester Evening News||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Sports Witness||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|The Metro||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Bleacher Report||USA||Tier 4|
|Get Football France News||France||Tier 4|
|90min.com||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Caught Offside||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|The Express||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|Daily Mail||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|Daily Star||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|The Mirror||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|The Sun||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
Why does West Ham lack tier 1 reporters?
What is quite surprising is the distinct absence of tier 1 journalists and media sources for the club.
But on the other hand it does make a bit of sense, and I’ll now explain why.
In the past, the West Ham chairman David Sullivan and his son – Jack Sullivan – have been known to put out false stories of incoming transfers for the club as a way of appeasing the fanbase.
Even the former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at the chairman’s son for unhelpful tweeting which would have unsettled supporters.
With such access to the higher ups at the club, the manipulation of information to suit a particular agenda is likely to occur from time to time, which ultimately contributes to the lack of highly reliable reporting.
Who is the most reliable source for West Ham transfer news?
Despite the fact that there are no clear tier 1’s when it comes to the topic of West Ham transfer reliability, one source is very dependable.
ExWHUEmployee is exactly that.
The Twitter account is a must follow for West Ham related news as it’s garnered a massive following of Hammers supporters who quite often cling to every word.
More so, the account chairs a podcast called The West Ham Way with Dave Walker, which offers exclusive news and club insights that specifically pertain to West Ham.
On the podcast ExWHUEmployee mentioned it’s extensive ties in football as well as alluded to the fact that their transfer information is gathered from a couple of inside sources within the club.
So ExWHUEmployee can at least be considered an unofficial mouthpiece for West Ham, which is why I’ve distinguished the source from the rest of tier 2 by awarding an extra half star rating.