The first attempt at trying to shore up our often suspect defence has occurred.
It is being reported that West Ham United have signed the ex-Middlesbrough defender, Emanuel Pogatetz from Wolfsburg.
The defender, now thirty years of age, appears to be excited about his return to the Premier League, commenting,
"I am very excited about playing for West Ham. I hope I can play a part in the club achieving its targets this season."
Pogatetz, so the club inform us, will wear the #18 shirt.
Let`s hope spells with Hannover and Wolfsburg haven`t blunted that competitive edge needed in the Premier League!