West Ham manager Alan Pardew believes that the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano will enable the Hammers to compete with the upper echolon of clubs.
The Argentine duo joined in a deal from Corinthians on transfer deadline day and the Pardew said: “It is a massive coup for us.
“I’ve no doubt this will give us a real chance to compete with the very best teams in the Premiership and in Europe.
“I didn’t have to sell West Ham to them. They knew all about our success last season and our style of play.”
Pardew was impressed by the performances of the pair during the World Cup, and in Tevez, he believes he has found a player whose impact will rival that of former Hammer Paolo di Canio.
“I know West Ham fans will take to him straight away. He is in the same bracket as Paolo Di Canio in terms of what he can bring – charisma, high skill and excitement,” Pardew added.
“Mascherano is a different player – he brings a calming influence in possession and is an intelligent player on the pitch.
“Not only am I excited by the arrivals of Carlos and Javier, but the entire squad is too, and I am sure our supporters feel the same. What a day for West Ham United.
“I’ve already had three or four of our players on the phone. They are all very excited by the news, and I’m sure there will be a real buzz around the place when we report back for training on Tuesday morning.
“I’ve said all along that, while signing young English players remains very important to our transfer policy, I want to take this club forward and will get talent from wherever it is available.
“Our chairman Terry Brown came to me on Monday and gave me the opportunity to go for Carlos and Javier – and you don’t turn down the chance to sign two world-class players.”
Tevez and Mascherano have been pursued by a host of clubs across Europe. But to the surprise of many observers, West Ham beat off the competition to sign the pair.
West Ham have denied speculation they have signed the duo with a view to selling them on at a profit next season.
Hammers media spokesman Phil Hall insisted: “There is no way West Ham would act as a feeder club for others.
“These are exciting signings for us but, of course, if we were offered major fees for the players in the future we would have to consider it – just as we would with other players.”