The Lowdown: Moyes set for key summer…
After failing to bolster his ranks in January, manager Moyes, head of recruitment Rob Newman and owners GSB face what could be a potentially huge transfer window.
Much will hinder on West Ham’s ability to finish in the top four or mount a significant challenge for the Europa League with star players like Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen at the centre of potential exit rumours.
The Hammers qualifying for a Champions League place could also be significant in attracting their main transfer targets this summer as Moyes casts one eye on upgrading his squad for 2022/2023.
Bar Rice and Bowen, other players could also be set to leave, with Brown now making a claim on defender Ryan Fredericks’ future in east London.
The Latest: Brown makes Fredericks claim…
Speaking to GMS, the Star reporter has said that Moyes could now be likely to green-light Fredericks’ exit from Rush Green this summer with the defender’s deal set to expire in June.
Indeed, Brown has claimed that the 29-year-old has ‘no future’ at West Ham beyond this season alongside fellow wing-back Arthur Masuaku.
He explained: “There are full backs at West Ham that have no future there, like Masuaku and Fredericks, so it wouldn’t surprise me for the two of those to go and West Ham to try and strengthen.”
The Verdict: Right call?
Moyes has sufficient depth in the right-back position with Vladimir Coufal, the in-form Ben Johnson and promising youngster Harrison Ashby all coming as solid options.
Bearing this in mind, not renewing Fredericks’ contract and letting him leave as a free agent later this year could be the right move by West Ham as they seek to trim their squad.
The Englishman’s pace and ‘extra threat’ on the overlap, as explained by reporter Sam Delaney, could be a slight miss – with Moyes himself branding his speed ‘really important’ to giving his side an ‘extra dimension’ (via Claret & Hugh).
However, given West Ham’s need for a striker and centre-half option, we believe Fredericks should be sacrificed to make room for new additions – especially taking into account Moyes’ choices for the full-back role.
In other news: West Ham could make great offer to sign £45m-rated star as big Bowen claim emerges, find out more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience