The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been celebrating climbing out of the relegation zone. Indeed, It has been a difficult season for the East London faithful – one which has seen Slaven Bilic depart and David Moyes come in – but the fans will be praying for a successful January transfer window to lift the club away from the relegation zone.
With the calibre of players that West Ham currently have in their squad, there is no way they should be near the bottom. But with many players underachieving, some fresh blood is needed to increase competition for places and ensure the Irons continue to climb the table.
In the summer, West Ham narrowly missed out on signing top target William Carvalho and David Moyes simply must reconsider a bid for the midfield man. Hopefully for the Scot, he can clear up the mess David Gold created in regard to the Portuguese international and Sporting Lisbon last summer.
West Ham are in desperate need of reinforcements in the central midfield department. Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble have all dipped in and out of form this season and they have all spent some time out injured too.
This has forced the likes of young centre-back Declan Rice to play out of position in central midfield.
It is evident that this is West Ham’s priority this window and names such as Joe Allen, Jonjo Shelvey, Harry Arter and Steven N’Zonzi have been bandied about. But Carvalho would trump all of these potential signings.
The Portugal international is a man mountain in the middle of the park and he would protect the Hammers’ leaky defence excellently. He is also a tidy passer of the ball with a range of passing ability to get West Ham up the pitch and launching counter-attacks for the Irons.
With Carvalho in midfield, West Ham would surely be well clear of the drop zone come May.