David Sullivan must go over David Moyes’ head and strengthen West Ham United on Deadline Day after the Irons boss offered an update on his transfer plans.
The Hammers have strengthened Moyes’ squad with the arrivals of Jesse Lingard and Danish prospect Frederick Alves in the winter market, while bringing forward their purchase of Said Benrahma from Brentford.
But the Irons are still yet to acquire a new centre-forward to fill the void left by Sebastien Haller, having sold the Ivory Coast international to AFC Ajax for £20m to leave Michail Antonio as the sole senior striker still at the club.
Reports had suggested RB Leipzig’s Hwang Hee-Chan was West Ham’s last chance for a forward signing ahead of Monday night’s deadline, having explored the South Korea international’s situation, as hope of sealing a deal for AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King appeared slim and now look set to miss out to Southampton.
Now, Moyes has gone on record to suggest it is unlikely that West Ham will be making any further additions in the final hours of the winter market.
“I don’t really think we will be active at all, I think we have probably done our business unless something changes,” said Moyes, via quotes by football.london.
“We have a squad of players I enjoy working with and I want to concentrate on them rather than people from other clubs and hopefully we can continue the second half of the season, as well as we started the first half.”
While Moyes is not expecting any late arrivals at the London Stadium before Monday night’s deadline, West Ham co-owner and Chairman Sullivan must go out and secure the services of a centre-forward before the window slams shut.
The Hammers can ill-afford to not strengthen their forward line with an out-and-out striker following Haller’s exit, with Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and the Irons’ midweek draw at Crystal Palace showing that need evidently.
Antonio endured an off night at Selhurst Park and wasted a number of glaring chances to find the back of Vicente Guaita’s net, coming closest when hitting the post. He again lacked his lethal edge at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, with his best chance going just wide.
Moyes’ doubt of any deals occurring would suggest West Ham have now missed out on yet another one of their targets in Hwang, having considered a deal for Stade de Reims forward Boulaye Dia to be too expensive and been rejected by Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
It leaves West Ham in a position Moyes did not want to be in, in needing to sign a centre-forward “just for the sake of it”, as anyone that could offer a threat at the top of the pitch is likely better than no one at this stage of the window.
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