West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern were far from pleased with their side’s display in their FA Cup third round match at Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, with the Hammers somewhat fortunate to earn a replay from their trip to New Meadow.
David Moyes’ men has just a few days earlier produced a fine defensive performance to draw 1-1 away at Tottenham in the Premier League to move them up to 15th in the table, two points clear of the bottom three. However, the East London outfit were far from their best against Paul Hurst’s high-flying Shrewsbury on Sunday, with the visitors fortunately earning a 0-0 draw and thus a replay at the London Stadium in a weeks’ time to keep their quest for FA Cup glory, a competition they haven’t won since 1980, just about alive.
Thus, there have been many frustrated but ultimately relieved Hammers in the Tavern in the last few hours, several of whom are unlikely to be thrilled by a recent report from Mediaset Premium (via talkSPORT), which suggests that they are set to miss out on reported target Simone Verdi.
The 25-year-old attacker currently plays his trade at Italian side Bologna and has done so since 2016, in which time he has scored 12 goals and laid on ten assists in 50 games, six goals and five assists of which helping them to 15th place in Serie A last term.
And with exactly the same record this time round, just in eight games fewer, the Italy international has continued to attract attention from around Europe, with West Ham one side reportedly keen on a move.
However, manager Moyes looks set to come up short in his quest to land Verdi as reports suggest that Serie A leaders Napoli are closing in on a move for the 25-year-old, which is likely to prompt a likely frustrated Scotsman to turn his attentions to other targets.
Landlord’s verdict: At 15th in the Premier League and just two points clear of the relegation zone, West Ham boss David Moyes will be well aware that signings are needed in January, although it doesn’t look like reported target Simone Verdi will be moving to the London Stadium.
And that’s because the Bologna attacker is reportedly closing in on a move to fellow Serie A outfit Napoli, a move which ‘could be imminent’ as the latter seek to maintain their position at the top of the division.
And this is likely to be a significant setback for Moyes in his plans for January, but with the Hammers clearly in need of reinforcements, the former Everton and Manchester United chief will likely have to quickly turn his attentions to other targets ahead of the January 31 deadline.
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