Signings for the 1999-2000 season included full-backs Gary Charles, for £1.2 million from Benfica, and 37 year old former England International Stuart Pearce, who signed from Newcastle United on a free transfer. Also arriving was Croatian Igor Štimac, for £600,000, who followed his Derby County team-mate Paulo Wanchope to Upton Park. West Ham had already spent £3.5 million the previous month to bring in the lanky Costa Rican.
All of these transfers had been funded by the £5.75 million sale of Eyal Berkovic to Celtic, and Stan Lazaridis' £1.9 million departure to Birmingham City. West Ham had only spent £300,000 for Lazaridis four years earlier.
Harry Redknapp had tried to bring Slaven Bilić back from Everton but the player failed a medical.
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