West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side begin the David Moyes era with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Watford on Sunday, thus keeping them in the Premier League’s bottom three.
The East London outfit parted with Slaven Bilic at the start of the recent international break following the Hammers’ poor start to the campaign, and it didn’t take long for the club’s hierarchy to bring in a replacement in the form of former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes. Yet the Scotsman didn’t quite make the start he was hoping for as goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison either side of half time condemned West Ham to a 2-0 loss at Vicarage Road, in turn suffering their seventh Premier League defeat of the campaign.
Consequently, there have been many unhappy Hammers in the Tavern this week, and their mood isn’t likely to improve by a recent report from ESPN, which suggests that German outfit Hoffenheim are seeking to beat them in the race for midfielder Taras Stepanenko.
The 28-year-old currently plays his trade at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and has done so since 2010, in which time he has played 221 games, helping them to two domestic league titles, as well as Ukrainian Cup and Ukrainian Super Cup crowns.
And his fine efforts in their midfield has reportedly attracted the interest of West Ham in recent times, although they look to have fallen behind in the race for the Ukraine international as reports suggest that Hoffenheim are confident of getting a deal done for the 28-year-old.
Thus, this news is unlikely to lift the gloom among our resident Hammers fans, and isn’t likely to give Moyes the sort of optimism he was after heading into the forthcoming January transfer window.
Landlord’s verdict: West Ham parted with Slaven Bilic three weeks ago in a move many felt was needed, but it may have cost them the signature of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taras Stepanenko.
The 28-year-old was a reported target of the Croat ahead of the January transfer window in a bid to bolster the flagging midfield ranks at the London Stadium, but he is no longer in charge, and now Hoffenheim feel they can seize the initiative to bring him to the Bundesliga.
And this is likely to come as even greater disappointment to West Ham fans, who have had their fair share of frustration already this term, and indeed new manager David Moyes, who faces an uphill task in keeping the Hammers in the Premier League this season.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!