The West Ham United fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side took a huge step towards securing their Premier League survival with a thrilling 3-0 victory over Southampton.
There was plenty of pressure mounting on The Hammers prior to their relegation six-pointer clash with Southampton last week, but they managed to overcome any pre-match nerves with ease as they stormed to a 3-0 win against a hapless Saints outfit. Next up for West Ham is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side who will be feeling bitterly disappointed after losing their vital clash against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Although there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure survival this season, Moyes would be wise to turn his attention towards the summer transfer window in order to identify the areas of his squad which are in most urgent need of improvement. West Ham will need to strengthen in various positions to ensure they steer clear of a relegation battle next season, but they will especially need to recruit central-midfield players in the summer to instigate an improvement in their fortunes.
So far this season, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate have largely operated as West Ham’s central-midfield pairing on a weekly basis due to the lack of available options in the squad. The Hammers also have Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang on their books, but both players have spent the majority of the season on the sidelines through injury.
With that to consider, Moyes must make the signing of a central midfielder a priority this summer, and recent reports from Turkish media outlet Aksam suggest a rising star of the Premier League could become available at the end of the season. The report from Aksam claims that Everton are likely to conclude a deal for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup in the near future.
Ozyakup’s arrival is likely to shake things up at Goodison Park, and his presence in the first-team could serve to limit Tom Davies’ first-team opportunities. Of course, Davies’ future will depend on whether Allardyce remains at the helm, but regardless of who is in charge, the arrival of a new central midfielder could pose a threat to his place in the first-team.
If that proves to be the case then West Ham should do everything they can to secure his signature next summer, as he is undoubtedly a star for the future in the English top-flight. Davies (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) is technically gifted and mature beyond his years, and his presence at the club would certainly give Moyes a fantastic option in midfield which he has been lacking all season so far.
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