In Focus: West Ham will have healthy January budget

According to The Sun, West Ham United boss David Moyes will be handed £30m to spend on new players in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Moyes’ tenure at West Ham began with a 2-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday afternoon, and the performance was another indication that new players are needed to boost the Hammers.

It was always going to be a difficult job for Moyes, but it is doubtful that he would have taken the role without assurances of money to acquire fresh blood when the January transfer window opens for business.

According to The Sun, Moyes has been promised £30m to spend on new players, and the Scot could launch a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who was strongly linked with the London Stadium during the summer.

Moyes is also said to be looking at Hajduk Split midfielder Hamza Barry as he looks to boost his options in the middle of the park.

What areas need strengthening?

Without sounding dramatic, there could be a case made that West Ham need four or five players in January to stand a chance of enjoying a good run in the second half of the season.

Diafra Sakho is seemingly set on leaving at the start of 2018, and with Andy Carroll struggling for performances, the Hammers are certainly light in the final third of the field.

Faith is expected to be placed in 20-year-old Toni Martinez, but Sakho’s exit would place big pressure on Javier Hernandez to continue finding the back of the net.

According to The Sun, Moyes believes that midfield is the main area in need of a boost, but Jose Fonte’s injury has also left the club light at centre-back.

Whilst £30m is a decent budget in January, it might not stretch too far when considering what West Ham need in order to be competitive in 2018.

There are certainly a number of top players that would be interested in moving to the London Stadium, but Moyes must first concentrate on getting his first three points on the board.