David Moyes has ‘desperate’ West Ham transfer message for David Sullivan and David Gold
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David Moyes has conceded that West Ham have struggled to sign a striker this summer despite the Scot being ‘desperate’ for a new frontman. The Hammers boss wants to strengthen his squad in a bid to cope with a longer fixture list this season.
The East Londoners exceeded all expectations last season by finishing sixth in the Premier League.
A wonderful campaign laid down a path to Europa League football for 2021-22.
Despite competing in Europe, West Ham have made just one addition to their squad. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has been signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
Last season’s loanee Craig Dawson has also remained after he met the requirements to have his temporary stay from Watford made permanent.
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Moyes has admitted that a top priority is to sign a new forward. That is despite Michail Antonio scoring three goals in his first two matches this season.
West Ham missed out on signing Tammy Abraham, who has joined Roma from Chelsea in a £34m deal. Eddie Nketiah is also a target but the Arsenal youngster is widely reported to be further along in talks with Crystal Palace.
“I’m really desperate to sign a forward but from what we can get, and what we’ve been offered – at the moment I’m not quite getting it,” Moyes told reporters on Friday.
“It’s either the cost is too much, or they’re not available. I hope we find someone but I certainly haven’t got any guarantees that’s for sure.
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“There’s a really good chance we don’t sign a centre-forward, a really good chance we don’t get one. That’s a fact.
“The quality of the centre forwards required to come in means there’s a good chance we don’t get one.
“We might try and find a way of getting more goals in the team from other positions, get Said Benrahma to get us goals and we’ve got Jarrod Bowen.
“They’re not out and out number nines so we may look to see if we can do that as well from, from other areas.”
Moyes revealed that Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has completed part of a medical and could be the next arrival at the London Stadium.
The 26-year-old could move in a deal worth around £25m.
Moyes continued: “He (Zouma) has had part of the medical because he was back in Paris and his mother wasn’t well.
“We lost Fabien Balbuena. We only have three centre halves and I don’t think that’s enough to go through the season with.
“We’ve had an offer accepted and he’s completing a medical. I’m hoping it does go through and we can get a fourth centre back in.”
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