David Moyes has been promised a number of summer signings by the West Ham United hierarchy.
That’s according to a claim made by Dean Jones, with the transfer insider revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, after failing to land a single target in the January transfer window, David Gold, David Sullivan, Karren Brady and Daniel Kretinsky have promised the 58-year-old manager that he will be backed to land his priority transfer targets this summer.
Speaking about West Ham’s summer business, Jones said: “I think, from what I understand, that there’s an absolute promise that, in the summer, they attack the market properly and they really do give [Moyes] what he wants, and they work closely together to make sure it happens.”
If there is one thing West Ham fans learned during the January transfer window, it is that words are cheap.
Indeed, Moyes continually stated throughout the month that he was hoping to land a new centre-back following the season-ending ACL injury sustained by Angelo Ogbonna, a new centre-forward to provide backup and competition for the injury-prone Michail Antonio and a new left-back in order to bring greater depth behind Aaron Cresswell in the position.
Furthermore, the Scotsman also made it clear that the West Ham board would be willing to heavily back him in the winter market, in order for the 58-year-old to attract the calibre of player that would not only plug the gaps in his first-team squad but either improve upon or severely strengthen his current options in a particular position.
However, despite all of the above, the Irons appeared to leave the vast majority of their January business until the final days of the market, seeing late £50m offers for both Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips rejected by Leeds United, making Benfica an offer totalling £58m for Darwin Nunez – despite the fact the centre-forward had no interest in joining the club – failing to stump up the fee required to get a deal for Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car over the line and missing out on the 11th-hour signing of Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata as the required paperwork was not completed before the transfer deadline.
As a result of these failed bids – many of which could well be perceived as being token offers to appease a concerned West Ham fanbase – Moyes’ squad remains seriously short in a number of key areas, something which very much damages the Irons’ chances of securing a top-four finish this season – with failing to do so being an outcome that would all but confirm the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen pushing for a move away this summer.
As such, while it is all well and good for the West Ham board to come out in February stating their ambitions for the summer transfer window, their failures in January mean their latest transfer promise will come as being too little too late for the London Stadium faithful.