David Moyes

West Ham United: How to NOT Sign Players

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During the January Transfer Window, West Ham did not manage to make a single signing, despite David Moyes claiming that he wanted to sign a striker and a defender.

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Yet another disappointing transfer window for West Ham United, as they failed to sign their transfer targets, mainly Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard and Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car. West Ham tried and failed to buy Kalvin Phillips, chucking in a £50m offer for him, as well as Darwin Nunez, after throwing £60m at Benfica, which would’ve made both of them a record signing for the club.

West Ham’s first-choice center-back, Angelo Ogbonna, was ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury sustained in a match against Liverpool, and Diop has not been able to properly fill the roll, so a new ball-playing center-back was key, but nothing of the sort happened. A half-hearted attempt at signing Duje Caleta-Car was made, as they tried to sign him on loan, despite Marseille wanting a transfer fee, and for him to leave on a permanent deal.

Duje Caleta-Car

Not only has the center-back position been a nuisance this season, but so has our forward options. Michail Antonio is the only out-and-out striker at the club, and his been notably injury-prone, as well as being out-of-form for the club, despite him scoring in a lackluster Jamaica performance against Panama. I can give them a little more credit here as they did put in a £60m offer for Darwin Nunez, an exciting Benfica talent, but ultimately fell short on the deal. West Ham also attempted to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United, but failed in that regard as well.

Jesse Lingard at West Ham

 

What made this so frustrating was that West Ham let go of some great young talent that could’ve helped us this season, such as Connor Coventry and Mipo Odubeko. They’ve sold 21-year-old center-back Frederik Alves to Danish club Brondby IF, instead of keeping and developing him into an Ogbonna-like center-back that could fill in when needed.

This season was one where West Ham were going to really go for a top European spot in the league, and possibly going for the Champion’s League, but a window like this means they likely won’t finish above 6th considering their form as of late. It may seem harsh, but unless West Ham can put their money where their mouth is in the summer, they’ll ruin the progress they’ve made towards becoming a top English club.

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