In Focus: West Ham deal for Kone likely, but Arter and Carvalho moves look difficult

According to reports in The Mirror, new West Ham United manager David Moyes is lining up January moves for AFC Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Sunderland’s Lamine Kone.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Moyes will get the full backing from the board to make whatever changes he feels he need to be made during the January transfer window, and he is already lining up moves for three players.

The Scot has obviously identified the central midfield area as a potential weakness as he is keen on the Cherries’ Arter, as well as resurrecting a deal for Sporting’s Carvalho after the east London outfit failed to agree a deal to sign the Portugal international during the summer window.

The Mirror says that the Irons also wanted Kone before the start of this season, and Moyes knows the Ivory Coast international well having worked with him during his spell in charge of Sunderland last term.

The report adds that he could be available for a cut-price fee with the Wearside outfit currently bottom of the Championship following their relegation.

Would the trio be good signings?

They certainly would be.

Arter has shown that not only is he a battler but he also brings a lot of quality in possession too, and that could be exactly what West Ham need to get themselves out of the relegation battle that they currently find themselves in.

Carvalho would add some strength to the middle of the park and provide a shield in front of a leaky backline, while Kone showed the defensive qualities he has when he helped Sunderland stay up in the 2015/16 campaign, even though he was also a part of their relegation last season.

Can they get all three?

It could be difficult to get Arter and Carvalho, yes.

Arter only signed a new four-year deal with the Cherries in July and seems relatively settled with life at the Vitality Stadium, while West Ham fell out with Sporting Lisbon because of disagreements over offers made for Carvalho during the summer.

A deal for Kone should be easier given Sunderland’s current predicament, and money may talk if the Irons are serious about getting Moyes’ other two targets.