West Ham United fans here in The Transfer Tavern will be glad to see the back of 2017, given that their side are currently in the midst of a relegation battle.
Slaven Bilic was given the boot following a shocking start to the season, and although new boss David Moyes proved there are still signs of life at The London Stadium, the Hammers still sit mired in the bottom three.
Big changes are needed in the transfer window if the Hammers are to avoid yet another relegation from the Premier League, and fans have spent many hours at the bar discussing exactly who needs to be brought in this month to ensure their club begin to climb the table in the second half of the season.
Many names have been touted including Welsh international midfielder Joe Allen, who currently plays for fellow strugglers, Stoke City.
The addition of Allen was met with a resounding clash of glasses at the bar as fans voiced their approval of Moyes vision, but journalist Dean Jones from Bleacher Report today put the champagne on ice, after confirming on Twitter that Stoke have informed their rivals that the player is not available for any price.
West Ham looked into possibility of signing Joe Allen but have been told he's not available at any price
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 2, 2018
Joe Allen would have marked an excellent addition to the squad in East London, but it appears extremely unlucky that the Welshman will be making the move given Jones’ Tweet.
Every player has their price, so that must be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is unlikely West Ham will stump up the £25 million plus likely to be required to bring the 27-year-old to London this January.
Moyes should now look to turn his attentions to other targets to avoid wasting time on a lost cause, something West Ham fans will hope Moyes learned whilst Manchester United boss, when he was forced to settle for an overpriced Marouane Fellaini in his first transfer window after reportedly chasing a host of world class players.
Other players are out there that will improve the Hammers, and Moyes will surely move onto the next name on the list he surely devised before the window opened for business.
Hammers fans, who should Moyes turn to now that a deal for Allen appears unlikely? Have your say below…