In recent comments made on Twitter, Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser revealed why West Ham United did not make a move for Joshua King on deadline day, a crucial decision as it leaves the club with just one recognised striker.
According to the journalist, West Ham had cooled their interest in King – who had been linked with a move to east London in January – earlier last month, as David Moyes believed the club could sign a better option than the now-Everton forward in the winter transfer window.
He said: “Anyone wondering why West Ham never tried for King this month, I’m told interest was cooled a while ago and Moyes thought they could do better this window.”
However, after realising that they couldn’t do better in January, Rosser claimed that Moyes stuck to his mantra of ‘only bringing in players he’s convinced by’.
Rosser continued by stating that he felt ‘selling [Sebastien] Haller was the right thing to do’ as Moyes has been ‘clearing a lot of problem players he inherited’ upon taking over at West Ham.
Should West Ham have signed a striker?
Transfer Tavern Take
While Moyes’ stance of only signing players in which he has complete faith is to be respected, as this is likely to reduce the chance of an incoming player being a flop at the club, West Ham’s decision not to sign a striker has left Moyes with only Michail Antonio as an out and out centre-forward in his first-team squad.
And, with the 30-year-old having already suffered a number of muscle injuries so far this season, this could prove to be a fatal error of judgement and perhaps a punt on King would have been a worthwhile risk to take.
Indeed, Everton signed King on a short-term deal until the end of the season, something which, if West Ham could have got over the line, would have both provided Moyes with back up for Antonio, while also appearing to be a risk-free deal for the club, as there would be no long term commitment to the player should he fail to live up to expectations.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers were offered a striker in the final hours of the window, find out more here!
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