West Ham United have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring a new centre-forward to the London Stadium on transfer deadline day.
That’s according to a claim made by Dharmesh Sheth, with the Sky Sports journalist revealing on Twitter that the club’s potential moves for Darwin Nunez, Divock Origi, Rhys Healey and Hugo Ekitike all seem unlikely to be completed today.
In his tweet, Sheth said: “Benfica reject West Ham United bid for Darwin Nunez. West Ham considering improved offer – but given time constraints, looking increasingly difficult to do. Am told – as it stands – unlikely to go for Divock Origi. Rhys Healey also not likely. [Hugo] Ekitike Newcastle bound.”
Considering that David Moyes had 30 days prior to today to get a deal over the line for a new striker – which he himself admitted was a priority in the January transfer window – the news that the doors appear to be closing on four of the manager’s reported targets this month is sure to have left the 58-year-old petrified, especially as there is now only a matter of hours remaining in the current market.
The injury-prone Michail Antonio is currently West Ham’s only option at centre-forward, so if Moyes fail to bring in backup to and competition for the 31-year-old prior to tonight’s transfer deadline, the Irons’ chances of going to secure a top-four finish this season would take a significant blow. That is ultimately the fault of the manager.
Exactly why the Scot decided to leave his transfer business until the final day of the window is a question to which only he will know the answer, but following Sheth’s latest update, it seems to have spectacularly backfired on the 58-year-old, as well as potentially leaving many West Ham fans furious with the coach.