West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have this week been discussing the possible impact of new manager David Moyes on their club ahead of their trip to Watford on Sunday, where the Scot will seek to move the Hammers out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
The East London outfit were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in their last league outing to slip into the relegation zone, and the result also brought about the end of manager Slaven Bilic, who was sacked 48 hours after the mauling at the London Stadium. Yet new boss Moyes has had the vast majority of the international break to get to know his players and implement some changes ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road on Sunday, where they face a Watford side who have lost their last three league matches.
Thus, several of our resident Hammers fans have shown some signs of optimism but ultimately remain quite subdued in the Tavern this week, although their suffering may well go on if a recent report from Correire dello Sport (via CalcioMercato) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Serie A giants AC Milan are interested in a January move for centre-back Angelo Ogbonna.
The 29-year-old moved to the East London club back in 2015 after a short stint at Italian heavyweights Juventus, and he has since become an important part of the Hammers backline with 73 appearances for the side, in which time he has bagged four goals.
And with successive Premier League starts before the international break, Ogbonna looks set to again play a big part in helping West Ham avoid the drop this term, although reports suggest that he could well be on the move in January as AC Milan are reportedly interested in his services.
And with the Italy international having already has a taste of Serie A football with Juventus earlier in his career, the 29-year-old could well be tempted by a return to his homeland.
Landlord’s verdict: Angelo Ogbonna made the move to West Ham back in 2015 after struggling in a two-year spell at Serie A giants Juventus, yet he has shown to be a very adept centre-back at Premier League level.
And he clearly must be doing something right as reports suggest that AC Milan are interested in the 29-year-old in a bid to shore up their defensive options, a defence which has conceded 16 goals in 12 league games and already trail Juventus by 13 points in the Italian top-flight.
But with new Hammers boss David Moyes knowing the importance of defensive solidity and collectiveness in their battle to avoid the drop, he is unlikely going to want to let Ogbonna leave in January in a move which, if it does happen, could seriously dent West Ham’s survival hopes.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!