After the Said Benrahma drama of deadline day, you’d be forgiven for not wanting another transfer window for some time. Unfortunately, the winter window is merely two months away from reopening.
In recent weeks, the Hammers have been linked with a whole host of players. Perhaps, the most bizarre link came from the mouth of Carlton Cole who linked the Irons with a move for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil during an interview with TalkSPORT radio.
Ozil, who is stinking the place out at Arsenal, is a player that shouldn’t be touched with a barge pole.
There is no doubting the German international’s ability, but his attitude is questionable at best.
This is while having regular European football and being on an eye-watering £350,000 per week, you can only imagine the size of the chip on his shoulder if he were to join the Hammers, regularly underperforming and struggling to crack into the top eight, year on year.
There is, of course, a counter-argument to my point, which would say that without showing ambition by signing the likes of Ozil, you will never achieve lofty hopes of breaking into Europe regularly.
However, the Arsenal creative star is so far from Moyes’ modus operandi it isn’t even funny.
Moyes’ buzzwords when signing players throughout his tenure at West Ham have been ‘young’ and ‘hungry’.
Ozil, who recently turned 32, is the polar opposite of that motto. Whilst, he may well be looking for a new club in January after being left out in the cold by Mikel Arteta – I can only imagine it will be at a club abroad rather than on these shores.
Carlton Cole’s point, of course, is a valid one, West Ham fans do love a maverick and a creative star, however, we have been there and worn the Tee-shirt signing Arsenal ‘stars’ in Freddie Ljungberg and Jack Wilshere in the past.
Both came with astronomical wages, and both in the main failed to live up to their billing. As a club, we simply cannot afford to risk another luxury signing.
For the wages that a player like Ozil would demand, you could sign five Jarrod Bowen’s, and I know what type of players I would rather pull on the Claret and Blue shirt, and that player signed from Hull and not Arsenal.
Another well-known player linked with the Hammers is Danny Rose, this time the link came from Frank McAvennie.
This link is slightly more realistic, he would join on slightly more sensible wages, and the club are on the lookout for a back-up wing-back should Arthur Masuaku pick up an injury.
Rose, who spent time on loan at Newcastle last season, is a player I could see join the club in January, however, again I would question if signing Rose would be beneficial to the club.
He would be coming to the club as a back-up, something that I doubt he would be willing to do, as I am sure he would want assurances of first-team football given the way his career has begun to stagnate at Tottenham.
He is a player I like, quick, and with an excellent footballing brain. But I simply cannot see him as a Moyes type signing.
If you look at his last four signings, all have been hard workers. Bowen and Soucek set the tone, and both have been fantastic.
Coufal has come in and looks to be an astute signing, and there is palpable excitement around Benrahma’s impending full debut. All of the above fit perfectly into Moyes’ masterplan.
The club, under Moyes, are slowly heading in the right direction and in large that is thanks to the ethics the Scot and his coaching staff are installing into the club.
Hard work and a never say die attitude are the underlying theme of the club, something that I think every West Ham fan can get behind.
Players like Ozil and Rose do not fit into that model, in particular, Ozil, who whilst he may have all the ability in the world, and would for sure make us a better team, wouldn’t have the attitude that would fit into the ethics of the club. The club must continue to buy smart. Keep buying players that see West Ham as a big club and not a stepping stone, we need players with passion, not players who are looking for their next paycheck.