West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are awaiting David Moyes’ first game in charge of the club against Watford on Sunday, as the Scotsman seeks to take the Hammers out of the Premier League’s bottom three at the first time of asking.
The East London outfit went down 4-1 at home to Liverpool just prior to the international break to bring about the end of manager Slaven Bilic, with the result also seeing the club fall in the relegation zone. Yet the West Ham hierarchy didn’t take long to appoint his successor, with former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes charged with taking the Hammers back up the Premier League table, starting with a tricky trip to Marco Silva’s ninth place Watford on Sunday.
Subsequently, there is cautious optimism and slight concern among our resident West Ham fans, and there may be more concerning times to follow if a recent report from ESPN is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Premier League giants Manchester United have been scouting midfielder Domingos Quina in recent times.
The 17-year-old moved to the London Stadium back in May 2016 as a youth player following a three-year spell at Chelsea, and he has since earned four first team appearances for the Hammers, two in the Europa League qualifiers and two in this season’s Carabao Cup.
But the highly-rated starlet has yet to pen a contract extension with West Ham, with his current one set to expire in 2019, and his future has been thrown into further doubt as reports suggest that Manchester United are monitoring the midfielder, having seen him in action for Portugal’s Under-19 side against Spain earlier this week.
Thus, the Hammers could well face a fight to keep the 17-year-old in the coming transfer windows in news which is likely to concern new boss Moyes.
Landlord’s verdict: Domingos Quina has made the bench in each of West Ham’s 12 Premier League matches so far this season, although he has been unable to accumulate any minutes on the pitch.
And with just two other senior appearances for the club this term, it remains to be seen whether the 17-year-old does indeed feature more regularly for the Hammers, an absence which could well impact upon his decision to pen a new deal with the East London outfit.
And Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on the midfielder as he continues to stall over a new contract at West Ham, and with his current one set to expire in 2019, his future at this stage appears far from certain.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!