Journalist Paul Brown has delivered his verdict on the potential transfer activity to come at West Ham United this summer.
The lowdown: Hotting up
Having made a quiet start to the summer, the Hammers have now completed deals to bring Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd, Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes and Paris Saint-Germain stopper Alphonse Areola to the London Stadium on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, club captain Mark Noble has retired, whilst Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko both left the east London club after the expiration of their respective contracts.
The only other significant transfer saw on loan defensive midfielder Alex Kral return to Spartak Moscow, but now one informed onlooker has shed some light on what could come next in the market for the Irons…
The latest: ‘West Ham are saying…’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Daily Star journalist Brown suggested that David Moyes may not have the funds to land the amount or quality of signings required.
He said: “West Ham are saying they want to end the window having signed five or six players. It’s a strange situation at West Ham because there’s a lot of talk that they don’t have the money people thought they had, although they still seem to be targeting a quite high calibre of player.”
The verdict: Irons in the fire…
Although only three incomings have so far been confirmed, one of which was a loan move held over from last season, Moyes and transfer chief Rob Newman have certainly been actively pursuing targets.
West Ham have reportedly recently had an offer rejected for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, been heavily linked with Chelsea striker Armando Broja and been named among the multiple suitors for free-agent forward Jesse Lingard – who spent a stellar spell on loan in east London in 2020/21.
With more than enough room in the current squad to accommodate further signings, any of the aforementioned trio would be welcome additions to the Hammers’ ranks, particularly Broja as Moyes simply cannot afford to head into another gruelling season with only Michail Antonio as a recognised senior centre-forward.
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