West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing the potential effect the appointment of manager David Moyes will have on their side’s trip to Watford on Sunday, as well as their overall efforts to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic at the start of last week to the frustration and annoyance of several Hammers fans, what with the Scotsman having struggled in each of his last three managerial roles at United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland. In fact, it was on his watch that the latter lost their Premier League status last season by winning just six of their 38 league games, which is hardly going to fill our resident West Ham supporters with much confidence ahead of their side’s quest to beat the drop.
Subsequently, there has been plenty for those Hammers fans lining up at the bar to ponder in the last week or so, but they may be slightly encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that Moyes is targeting a January move for highly-rated Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.
The 25-year-old came up through the ranks at the South Coast outfit to earn his senior debut for the Seagulls back in May 2010, playing the full 90 minutes in their 0-0 draw with MK Dons in a League One clash at the stadium:mk.
And the Englishman has since then gone from strength to strength with a further 203 first team appearances for the club, 43 of which came last term to help Chris Hughton’s men win promotion to the Premier League, a division Dunk has taken to seamlessly in the last few months.
And it’s form which has reportedly attracted the interest of new West Ham boss Moyes, who knows that he simply must improve the Hammers’ rearguard having conceded 23 goals in their 11 league games so far, the most of any side in the division.
But whether they can lure Dunk away from the AMEX Stadium in January very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Lewis Dunk has been with Brighton ever since the League One days, and has slowly but surely become a hugely accomplished centre-back and one many feel deserves an opportunity with England.
The 25-year-old has been very impressive in the heart of Chris Hughton’s backline this term in helping the Seagulls to eighth place after 11 Premier League games, and as such new West Ham manager David Moyes is reportedly seeking to bring him to the London Stadium.
The Scot took over from Slaven Bilic last week and will be well aware that defensively things need to improve at the East London outfit, and bringing in someone as solid and accomplished as Dunk at centre-back would surely be a step in the right direction.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!