David Moyes must step in and block Robert Snodgrass’ potential Deadline Day move to Celtic after West Ham United reportedly stated their demands for a late deal.
According to Sky Sports News’ Anthony Joseph, West Ham denied Celtic over the weekend in their approach for Snodgrass after the Scottish Premiership champions sought to sign the 33-year-old on loan.
The Irons are open to parting with Snodgrass before the summer market slams shut at 11pm on Monday but would require the Hoops to pay a significant fee for a one-season deal.
Sources at the London Stadium have also informed West Ham insider ExWHUemployee that Snodgrass had been considered as a potential make way in a deal for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, but plans were derailed by Moyes having no intentions of signing the Norway international.
Snodgrass, who is in the final year of his £40,000-per-week contract, has only featured in the Carabao Cup so far this season with Moyes happy to overlook the veteran midfielder in each Premier League fixture played to date.
The Glasgow-born wide man was also left at home on Sunday as West Ham thrashed Leicester City 3-0, despite Snodgrass contributing a superb equaliser just 25 seconds into the second-half during the Hammers’ EFL Cup exit to Everton during the week.
While Moyes has so far been happy to omit Snodgrass from the Iron’s Premier League squads, the Scottish coach would be wise to step in and block the veteran midfielder from joining Celtic on Deadline Day should the Hoops present a fee matching West Ham’s valuation.
Snodgrass not only accounted for the Hammers’ initial equaliser against Everton in the Carabao Cup last week, but his performance showed the tiresome workrate he brings to each of his appearances and that quality will come in handy for Moyes down the line.
At some stage of the season, West Ham will know they must play with their backs to the wall to grind out results, and Snodgrass’ experiences will help in those scenarios in the same way James Milner is still frequently relied on by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
A wise head on old shoulders matters more in those scenarios than a team a young hot-shots capable of producing a moment of magic, as those moments cannot develop without a player like Snodgrass scuttling around the pitch to interrupt the flow of affairs.