West Ham United are prioritising centre-midfield during the January transfer window, as reported by ExWHUemployee during the West Ham Way Podcast 163.
Gedson Fernandes is the main target named, but Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen and Morgan Sanson were also linked by the West Ham insider.
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However, after the podcast went out, he expressed concerns that with West Ham talking to other targets, namely Allen, a move for the Portuguese midfielder may not materialise.
This is my concerns too but as I said talks will continue with Fernandes and a number of other alternatives. This position is the key identified position https://t.co/5vsJfI8lMq
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 8, 2020
West Ham fans are furious about the idea of missing out on Fernandes, especially for Allen, with one making a comparison between them as “a Ferrari and a clapped out Ford Metro”.
Another claimed that “it makes no sense” to see the Hammers stalling on the deal, with the opinion being that they should go all out to sign the 20-year-old.
Sander Berge, who has also been linked by ExWHUemployee, is another player who has been preferred by fans to the Wales international.
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If it’s such a key position and identified as such, why are we even looking at Allen? He’s playing poorly in a poor championship side, I don’t know about Fernandez, but surely if our management team and scouts rate him we have to back them, not look for a cheaper option
— Marcus Rowswell (@MarcusRowswell) January 8, 2020
What is their actual concern with the Fernandes deal? It makes no sense.
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) January 8, 2020
Sorry but if we sign Joe Allen for our ‘key identified position’ I am done. We need a box to box midfielder with athleticism and strength, he has none of these and is 29 in the championship. Sander Berge has all of these and is 21. Absolute joke.
— @marksearle (@marksearle87) January 8, 2020
So our midfield targets include a Ferrari and a clapped out ford metro. And the Ferrari doesn’t represent value. Seems a bizarre approach to transfer targets
— Paul Hickin (@GramscianPaul) January 8, 2020
As well as showing frustration about the idea of signing Allen, this has also spilt out into disdain towards the West Ham board.
One fan has stated that the club is “run like a charity shop”, while another has suggested that the links to Fernandes were only made in the first place to give the illusion of ambition after David Moyes was appointed.
The conclusion seems to be that the board “don’t care” and fans won’t be pleased if Allen is the man brought in to strengthen the Hammers midfield.
We’re 100% signing Joe Allen…Do the board actually want us to hate them?
— West Ham News & Views (@WHUFC_News_6) January 8, 2020
Of course this is the case! We are a cheap club that is run like a charity shop
— daniel gullefer (@DGullefer) January 8, 2020
Maybe I’m a cynic but this stinks of ‘fans are unhappy with Moyes appointment, let’s get linked with a top player to get them back onside, knowing full well we won’t get them’. Your thoughts ex??
— Matt Phillips (@MGP_15) January 8, 2020
They don’t care. They just want a body. So they can say they signed someone
— Robby (@Rob_S_Wilcock) January 8, 2020