ExWHUEmployee: ‘There’s money available but Moyes doesn’t like who’s available’

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the EPL match Arsenal v West Ham United, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 19th September, 2020. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

This transfer window has been one of the most frustrating ones to report on purely because as the window closes, there hasn’t been a single signing. 

There wasn’t an interesting narrative to our window this year either. It seemed to be that there was money available but Moyes didn’t believe that the available players were good enough to improve the starting eleven.

He therefore doesn’t want to buy any players who are presented to him, whereas in the past David Sullivan would use trusted agents to present him with possible signings. 

Now Moyes is presented with these signings but doesn’t seem to wish to sign players purely for squad depth. 

You don’t have to be a football expert to see that we need greater depth at centre back and especially upfront where we only have the one out-and-out striker who is actually a converted winger with vulnerable hamstrings and someone who is also travelling halfway round the world playing for Jamaica too. 

We have been checking out French-based forwards all window but we have either seen our offers rejected or Moyes is not convinced they are good enough or experienced enough. 

The same can be said for Adam Hlozek who plays for Sparta Prague. The 19-year-old has huge potential but has only shown this in the Czech league so far. 

It is quite amazing to think we have gone almost a whole year with one forward, but it appears that all clubs across the league are struggling to buy a forward.

We were also alerted to the potential signing of Raphinha of Leeds. He is more of a winger than a forward but it suggests that Moyes may be prepared to use Bowen as an alternative forward. 

This is all irrelevant, however, as Leeds rejected our offer and have said they will not sell for any price this window.

Big clubs such as PSG, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are said to be keen and with a relegation battle ahead, it makes sense for the Yorkshire club to hold onto him until the summer at least. 

As mentioned the other position that we are looking to recruit in is centre back and in particular a left-sided centre back. 

We have been linked with Man City’s Ake, Caleta-Carr of Marseille, Philips of Liverpool and Tarkowski of Burnley. 

Caleta-Carr seemed the most likely. West Ham would have preferred a loan deal with a permanent option included but due to their financial position, Marseille wish to sell the player.

We have looked at a couple more of their players, and I expect us to offer for Kamara as well in the summer. 

In terms of player departures there haven’t been any except for the return from loans and sending out again of Conor Coventry (Peterborough to MK Dons), Joseph Anang (Stevenage to St Patrick’s in Ireland) and Mipo Odubeku (Huddersfield to Doncaster).

There was also talk that we could’ve loaned a couple more youngsters before the window closed.

I was surprised to learn that we had entertained offers for Longelo, the left back who played well for us against Zagreb at home and showed potential. 

Nottingham Forest submitted an offer but this was around a million less than what we wanted for the player. 

This window, in general, looked to be a very uneventful one for most clubs. Even Newcastle only signed a few players despite their new found wealth and relegation battle. 

Whilst I understand how difficult it is, I hoped we would have brought in a couple of players before the deadline as I don’t want our promising season to derail because of a lack of squad depth.

Speaking of transfers, the West Ham Way have brought in Jimmy Walker as a weekly guest on our podcast. 

The former keeper is one of the funniest players we have ever met and we can’t wait. 

He joins Martin Allen in a weekly feature for us. We also had Tony Cottee do a live Q and A with the fans too. 

In January we would have also interviewed the following players for our extra time show: Mike Marsh, Eddie Bovington, Freddie Sears, Frank Nouble, Elliot Lee, Don Hutchison and George McCartney. 

This goes along with a huge amount of other content and for £5 you really are missing out if you don’t sign up.

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