West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing the potential impact new manager David Moyes will have on their side’s fortunes against Watford on Sunday, as well for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.
The East London outfit were handsomely beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in their last league outing prior to the international break, a result which saw them slip into the relegation zone, and indeed brought about the end of manager Slaven Bilic. Yet the club’s hierarchy wasted no time in appointing his successor, with former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes taking over, and the Scotsman knows he has a job on his hands improving a team that have won just twice so far this season, and have conceded a league-high 23 goals in their opening 11 matches.
Thus, there is a mixture of cautious optimism and slight concern among our resident Hammers fans, although they are likely to be encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Express, which suggests that their unsuccessful summer chase for Portugal international William Carvalho could turn out better in the New Year.
The 25-year-old currently plays his trade at Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon and has done so since the early stages of his youth career in 2005, and he is clearly doing something right to have played over 150 times for the club, as well 40 times for his country.
And it’s form which reportedly attracted the interest of West Ham over the summer, but no deal materialised for one reason or another, yet recent reports suggest that the Hammers may be able to get a deal done in January with Sporting reportedly ready to listen to offers of around £28 million for the midfielder.
Only West Ham will know whether that’s more than what they were due to sign him for over the summer, but with Moyes’ side lacking in sufficient midfield depth, it’s a move they could well seek to reignite in the January window.
Landlord’s verdict: It looked for all the world that William Carvalho would make the move to West Ham during the summer transfer window, only for the deal to fall through for one reason or another.
Yet a January move could well be in the offing for the 25-year-old, as Sporting Lisbon are reportedly ready to listen to offers for the midfielder in the New Year, news which is sure to interest the Hammers and new boss David Moyes.
The East London outfit are slightly short in the central midfield department, hence they went after Carvalho during the summer, and given that they have struggled so far in the Premier League, landing someone as influential as the Portugal international could seriously aid their quest to stay in the top-flight.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!