Former England striker Darren Bent believes that Matty Cash would be a good signing for West Ham United, but insists that the Hammers still need more players to get them out of trouble.
The Nottingham Forest right-back has been linked with a move to the London Stadium recently, with the Nottingham Post suggesting that Southampton and AC Milan are also interested in the player. According to The Sun, West Ham are prepared to pay £12 million for the 22-year-old but Forest are holding out for a fee of £18 million.
If the Hammers do manage to agree a deal for Cash, then he would be a good addition to the squad according to Bent. However, the ex-Spurs striker also suggested that he wouldn’t be the difference between staying up and getting relegated and that David Moyes will need to sign other players as well as the Forest man.
Speaking about the Irons potentially signing Cash, Bent told Football Insider: “I think he’d be a very good signing but I don’t think he’d be a life-changer, he’s not a game-changer.
“It’s not like he’s someone who’s going to all of a sudden come in and they’re going to start getting results and avoid relegation.
“Matty Cash is a very good player but at the end of the day he (Moyes) needs to be going out there and signing players who are going to make a difference because they are fourth from bottom.”
Bent certainly has a point here and whilst signing Cash would be a positive piece of business, he is unlikely to save them from potential relegation.
After all, this is a player who is still just 22-years-old and one who has played in the lower leagues for his entire career so far, with no Premier League appearances to his name (Transfermarkt).
Whilst he would fill the void at right-back left by the injured Ryan Fredericks, he is more likely to be one for the future and the Hammers will need to sign more players in order to avoid the drop. For example, they have particular problems in midfield where they are thin on the ground in terms of quality.
Mark Noble and Declan Rice have played the majority of games, but Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have proved inadequate back-up with the duo playing less than 300 minutes between them in the Premier League this season (Transfermarkt) due to injury and simply not being fancied by either Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini.
So with that in mind, the Hammers will need more than just Cash to come in this month in order to improve their chances of survival.
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