West Ham United moved two points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Thursday night, but their precarious position will mean that David Moyes will be keen to bring new players to the club during the January transfer window despite seeing a marked improvement from his team in recent weeks.
The Scot started his reign at the London Stadium by taking just one point from a possible 12 that left the club deep in trouble in the relegation zone, however they have since taken 12 from the last 21 to move out of the bottom three and towards mid-table.
However, no one in east London will be getting too confident or complacent given how poor some of their performances were earlier in the campaign, and Moyes will be looking to add two or three players to his squad this month to ensure that they stay out of trouble for the remainder of the season.
The Hammers have already been linked with a number of players – as they seem to be whenever a transfer window comes around – but there are two names that seem to be continually cropping up in recent days and weeks.
According to Sky Sports and many other sources, they are keen to bring Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson to the capital, while Sky Sports also reports that they are keen to sign Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen during the current window.
Even though both clubs are currently situated below West Ham and in the relegation zone, the duo have been two of the standout players for their respective sides this term, and it is certainly no surprise that they are being linked with other Premier League clubs.
According to Squawka, Mawson has shown his defensive ability by making 142 clearances, 17 blocks and 14 interceptions in 22 top flight appearances for the bottom club this season, while he has won 70 of the 104 aerial duels he has faced.
However, he is also good on the ball too with an overall passing accuracy of 83%, while he is also able to bring the ball out from the back too having successfully completed all nine of the dribbles he has attempted.
It is a similar story for Allen, who can play as an attacking midfielder or in a deep-lying central role, and according to Squawka he has created 20 chances in 20 Premier League games this term, and successfully completed 29 of the 35 take-ons he has attempted.
You can always rely on the Welshman to provide a committed performance, and he has also made an impressive 35 interceptions and 26 clearances from a defensive point of view.
Both players have consistently shown that they don’t go missing even when their teams have been struggling, and it is no surprise that their character has appealed to Moyes.
However, there is a big problem.
While West Ham may want to bring the duo to the London Stadium this month, they face a huge struggle to convince two of the sides around them to sell one of their best players ahead of a crucial second-half of the campaign.
While Moyes should have a decent budget to spend in January, it won’t stretch to ridiculous fees and the fact that The Sun reported on December 30 that Swansea could demand £40m for Mawson shows that it may not be right to target him now.
The Daily Mail also reported on January 2 that the Irons are prepared to pay £15m to sign Allen, but that Stoke have insisted that the 27-year-old is not for sale this month.
There is no doubt that the duo could prove to be key signings for West Ham in the future, but they don’t appear to be realistic targets and the club will have to look elsewhere if they want to get better value for money on new signings before the window slams shut on January 31.