David Moyes is on the verge of making one of his biggest-ever mistakes in charge of West Ham United.
According to the Express, the 58-year-old Irons boss has stunningly rejected the opportunity to sign several strikers in recent weeks and with less than a week to go in the transfer window, their pursuit of a new forward is likely to go down to the final day.
As revealed by journalist Ryan Taylor, the Scotsman has passed on the opportunity to land at least four potential options, including Tammy Abraham – who has since joined Jose Mourinho at AS Roma – Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, Alassane Plea from Borussia Monchengladbach and ex-Newcastle loanee Luuk de Jong.
It’s thought that a number of sporting directors, agents and intermediaries have put forward multiple players to the east London outfit but the club has shown little interest in doing business in that manner.
Whilst that’s the correct way to go about things – after all, Moyes needs to want a certain player for his squad – it is still a risky game to play, especially with time running out before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline.
The need for a new striker is severe.
It’s perhaps very surprising that they haven’t found an alternative to Michail Antonio yet.
Ever since the departure of club-record flop Sebastien Haller in January, the injury-prone 31-year-old has been Moyes’ only senior option and right now, that appears to remain the case heading into a potential 50-plus game campaign, in which the Hammers will be competing in Europe.
Not only will he need a rest from time to time but Antonio hasn’t started over 24 league games in the last four seasons for the club, largely due to his persistent injury problems.
He’s a hugely crucial part of the squad and their success, too.
Last term, he finished as their joint-top goalscorer on ten goals, whilst he’s already continued that form into this season by bagging three in two outings, which makes him the leading goalscorer in the division right now.
West Ham could quickly crash back down to earth should he get hurt in the coming weeks, so to not sign a striker before Tuesday would, quite simply, be disastrous.
Some of the names mentioned by the report would’ve been very viable alternatives to Antonio, too.
Abraham has already made his impact felt at Roma, providing two assists on debut and earning a standing ovation, whilst the goal record of Edouard cannot be disputed, having bagged 17 or more goals in each of the last three seasons, as per Transfermarkt.
If this update is to be believed, then Moyes must be prepared for a potential nightmare this season, should Antonio get injured.