West Ham supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side lose 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday evening, a result which plunged the club into the Premier League’s bottom three, and brought about the end of manager Slaven Bilic.
The East London outfit went into their clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds off the back of throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace in their preceding league encounter, and they would have surely been hoping for something similar to happen for them on Saturday as the Merseysiders raced into a 2-0 lead at half time. And the Hammers did threaten a comeback when Manuel Lanzini got one back ten minutes into the second period, although their hopes were short-lived as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion before Salah made it four late on.
And defeat brought about the end of Bilic, who was relieved of his duties on Monday and replaced by former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, and the Scotsman is seeking to make his intentions clear if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that the Hammers are eyeing up a triple signing in January, namely that of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, and Sunderland’s Lamine Kone.
Republic of Ireland international Arter has been at the Vitality Stadium since 2010 and in that time has played 246 games for the Cherries, 63 of which have come at Premier League level to suggest that he could give West Ham another effective option in the middle of the park.
Sporting’s Carvalho would also do just that given his string of impressive displays for the Portuguese heavyweights, and West Ham know all about him after reportedly seeking to land the 25-year-old during the summer transfer window, only for no deal to materialise for one reason or another.
And Sunderland’s Kone worked with Moyes during the Black Cats’ disastrous relegation campaign last term but has proven to be a solid defender at top-flight level before, and with the Hammers having conceded a Premier League-high 23 goals so far, defensive reinforcements may well be needed in January.
And all three have been linked with a move to the London Stadium in the New Year, but whether Moyes is indeed able to get any of them over the line very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: David Moyes’ appointment at Slaven Bilic’s successor at West Ham hasn’t been particularly well-received by Hammers fans, yet the Scotsman is clearly seeking to stamp his authority on the playing squad to move them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
The former Everton and Manchester United chief is reportedly willing to sell Marko Arnautovic in January to raise funds for potential incomings, with Harry Arter, William Carvalho, and Lamine Kone all linked with a move to the London Stadium.
The midfield ranks are certainly lacking and as such the first two could well make a big difference to this West Ham side, while their league-high tally of 23 goals concede simply must improve sooner rather than later, and Kone could help do just that.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!