The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that David Moyes will make an eleventh-hour swoop to land a new striker before the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night.
West Ham have been resurgent since Moyes took charge of the club at the beginning of November in 2017, and his positive impact on the club has given the punters clad in claret and blue propping up our bar plenty of reason to believe that they will preserve their top-flight status this season. However, the supporters are concerned that injuries to key players could prove to be their downfall this season.
Indeed, West Ham’s squad is rather short of strength in depth, so the mini injury crisis they are facing at this moment in time is a major concern for The Hammers. Both Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini – West Ham’s most creative attacking influences – were recently ruled out of action with hamstring injuries.
Moyes has since added Inter Milan’s Joao Mario to his squad on a loan deal until the end of the season, but ideally the Scotsman should be adding further quality to his ranks this month to ensure West Ham steer clear of a relegation scrap. Arnautovic has been in inspired form since Moyes began deploying him at centre-forward, but the goal-scoring responsibility cannot rest solely on the shoulders of the Austrian international for the remainder of the season.
Javier Hernandez has failed to impress since his return to English football last summer, and Andy Carroll cannot be trusted to stay fit, so Moyes must make a move for Danny Ings before the transfer window reaches its conclusion this week.
Ings (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt) has endured a torrid time with injuries since his transfer from Burnley to Liverpool in 2015, but despite returning to fitness at the beginning of the season, he has rarely featured in the first-team squad on Merseyside, never mind the starting eleven.
The World Cup is only months away and time is running out for Ings to prove himself, therefore he will naturally be desperate to play first-team football as soon as possible. A short-term loan move would suit all parties concerned considering the circumstances, so Moyes should do everything he can to bring Ings to the London Stadium by the end of the month.
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