A fresh twist has emerged on West Ham United’s late move to bring Layvin Kurzawa to the London Stadium on transfer deadline day.
That’s according to a report by French publication RMC Sport, who claim that, despite the fact David Moyes’ side were interested in a late swoop for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back, the Hammers ultimately missed out on a deal for the 29-year-old as they could not find Arthur Masuaku a move away from the club prior to Monday evening’s transfer deadline.
With David Moyes revealing that his three priority positions in the January transfer window were a new left-back, centre-back and centre-forward, the news that the club missed out on the signing of a player as talented as Kurzawa due to being unable to secure Masuaku a move elsewhere is undoubtedly a grave error on the part of the 58-year-old.
Indeed, from the outside looking in, the Scot’s decision to leave almost all of his moves in the winter market until the final day of the window appears to have been an extremely strange decision, for the exact reason stated above.
For example, had Moyes truly wanted to get a deal over the line for the PSG defender last month, the Hammers boss could quite easily have instructed his transfer team to find Masuaku a new side from January 1 – ample time to secure the Frenchman a move elsewhere.
Then, upon his move away from East London, space would have been freed up in the 58-year-old’s first-team squad, allowing the manager to sanction a swoop for PSG’s France international.
However, by leaving all of West Ham’s business until the final day of the market, Moyes gave both himself and other sides very little opportunity to manoeuvre – something that spectacularly backfired on the Scot, who now possesses a team with exactly the same weaknesses as it did heading into the January transfer window.