David Moyes is eyeing an incomparable duo to solve one key issue in his West Ham United squad, by considering late swoops to sign Championship stalwart Josh Da Silva from Brentford or Matt Grimes from Swansea City.
According to the Daily Star, Moyes is keen to sign one additional midfielder before the domestic transfer window closes between Premier League and EFL clubs on October 16, and put to good use the circa-£30million budget the Hammers are said to have remaining.
Moyes has considered swoops for both Da Silva and Grimes following the conclusion of the international market, but was dealt a major blow to hopes of signing Da Silva when the 21-year-old penned a new four-year contract on Tuesday.
Da Silva stood out in the Championship last season as an offensive midfielder with 10 goals and four assists, while having five further big chances created go to waste and spurning three himself.
Grimes remains an option after impressing last season, with the 25-year-old boasting seven assists from 10 big chances created while averaging 1.7 key balls, 0.5 shots, 51.0 accurate passes and 2.8 tackles each second-tier appearance, per SofaScore.
While Grimes would be the only one of the two that Moyes would have a reasonable expectation of signing, the West Ham manager would be foolish to consider the duo to be comparable options.
Grimes stood out for Swansea in a more defensive position focused on the left-hand side of the Jacks’ unit, where he started all 46 of his league appearances, took 79.0 touches, made 23.8 of his average 51.0 accurate passes in his own half and recorded 4.1 accurate long balls last season.
The £3.6m-rated midfielder also registered an average 1.5 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and just 0.8 successful dribbles, whereas Da Silva only recorded 13.9 of his 33.6 accurate passes in Brentford’s territory, and made 0.4 interceptions, 0.9 tackles and 0.5 clearances to his 1.4 successful dribbles, 3.2 duels won, 1.1 shots and 1.6 key balls, per SofaScore.
If Moyes is indeed targeting one additional midfielder in the coming week, the Scot would be well advised to decide quickly which role the new arrival will actually be taking at the London Stadium, rather than shoe-horning the wrong type into his plans.