West Ham and Leeds were both in the race to sign Nottingham Forest ace Matty Cash earlier this week, according to the Sheffield Star.

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But ExWHUemployee then claimed on Wednesday that Hammers boss David Moyes is no longer interested in signing the 23-year-old right back.

The West Ham insider suggested that Cash has cut his holiday short in order to finalise a transfer, but it won’t be to the London Stadium.

So it would be no surprise to see the excellent right-back link up with Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

Nottingham Forest v Stoke City - Sky Bet Championship

Matty Cash (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Hammers really needed someone like Cash. Right-back is an area of real weakness for West Ham.

So deciding to pull the plug on all attempts to sign the 23-year-old is surely down to one thing – the fact that the east London outfit do not believe that they would be able to compete financially with the Whites for his signature.

 

Stats

Cash racked up three goals and five assists in 42 Championship games for Sabri Lamouchi’s men last season (Who Scored).

Nottingham Forest v Bristol City - Sky Bet Championship

Matty Cash (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In those outings, the 23-year-old averaged 2.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, three clearances and 0.8 dribbles per game (Who Scored).

It is clear for anyone to see that the Forest ace is ready to take the step up to the next level.

It seems as though he could be plying his trade with Leeds at Elland Road next season, however. And that will undoubtedly be West Ham’s loss.

The Hammers are reportedly the 18th richest club in world football (Football.London). So not being able to cough up £10-15 million for Matty Cash really is inexcusable.

Leeds clearly have more ambition that we do. And good luck to them.

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