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West Ham missed out massively on Julian Alvarez

West Ham have struggled immensely in front of goal so far this season and David Moyes will only make fans angrier in his revelation that the Hammers turned down the chance to sign Manchester City star Julian Alvarez.

Moyes’ side are currently languishing in the relegation places in the Premier League after some woeful recent form, with the likes of Gianluca Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio all failing to fire, with just seven league goals between them.

After reaching the Europa League semi-final last season, while also securing Europa Conference League football, the Hammers’ eye-catching summer additions of Nayef Aguerd, Lucas Paqueta and Scamacca seemed to be setting the club on an upwards trajectory.

However, Moyes is now a man under serious pressure as his side continues to struggle in the Premier League and he will undoubtedly be wishing that he had signed Alvarez, especially after his superb performances at the World Cup with Argentina.

The 22-year-old would hit four goals for Lionel Scaloni’s side as they triumphed in Qatar, while he also has seven Manchester City goals to his name since his arrival from River Plate in the summer.

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West Ham United manager David Moyes before the match

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Moyes recently confirmed that he turned down the chance to sign the young forward when speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast.

He said: “Just recently, because we’ve been talking about it, Alvarez who has just played for Argentina in the World Cup. I brought in a new scout who says ‘Look, you should go for Alvarez at River Plate’.

“I watched him and I thought he was a very good technician and done so many good things as a centre-forward. But I thought [he’s] maybe not quite the one we want, we had Michail Antonio who had been doing very well and I thought I don’t know.”

Considering only Wolves have scored fewer goals than the Hammers in the Premier League so far this campaign, it seems clear that the Hammers would have benefitted from a striker of Alvarez’s quality.

Lionel Messi sang his teammate’s praises after his displays at the World Cup, dubbing him “spectacular,” and given his reputation as one of the best to ever do it, there is little doubt that he would have been a success in Moyes’ side.

Therefore, this decision must go down as another Moyes disaster and unless the Scottish manager can turn things around, he may look towards his failure to sign Alvarez as one of many factors behind his potential sacking or a possible relegation.