As per club insider Claret & Hugh, there has been an update out of West Ham United on the club’s transfer plans as the Irons enter this crucial last week of January.
The Lowdown: Hammers chasing deals?
As manager David Moyes and recruitment chief Rob Newman allegedly chase both the signing of a striker and, potentially, a centre-half (The Daily Express), there has still been no confirmed names through the door in east London.
West Ham are also believed to be on the hunt for ex-loanee Jesse Lingard who’s contract is set to expire at the end of this season, but with no agreement reached, they are fast running out of time to secure their targets.
Sharing news on their plans, C&H have brought a behind-the-scenes update from one of their club sources.
The Latest: West Ham table ‘sizeable’ offer…
According to the insider, West Ham have been ‘making bids’ over this last week, one of which was a ‘sizeable’ offer on the table from Moyes’ side.
However, despite some of those offers being record-breaking, all of them were turned down as clubs take a hard-line stance over selling mid-season.
After this Irons transfer blow, C&H believe that the club will ‘continue to push for a deal on one player in particular’ and it’s a case of ‘fingers crossed’.
However, they warn that the chance of bringing someone through the door before deadline is low as things stand.
The Verdict: Bad news…
Not for lack of trying, West Ham’s luck in this window has been torrid to say the least and supporters will be anxious for a major update or something to change as soon as possible.
Moyes’ men need fresh additions in key areas of the squad as they fight on more fronts and contend with a far more congested fixture calendar than last campaign.
As West Ham aim to continue their fight for a Champions League place, alongside competing in the Europa League and FA Cup, the signing of a striker simply must be made the main priority – especially given Michail Antonio’s history of injury problems.
In other news: Reliable journalist: West Ham now lining up move for ‘sensational’ £100,000-per-week striker, find out more here.
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