West Ham boss David Moyes addressed the media after his side’s FA Cup defeat to West Brom, and denied that they have made a bid for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash, as quoted by Football.London.
Sky Sports reported on Friday that Forest had rejected a £12 million offer from the Hammers for the 22-year-old.
It was also rumoured that AC Milan had a £15 million bid rejected for Cash (Daily Mail).
The Sun then suggested yesterday that the Championship outfit will not sell the versatile defender for anything less than £18 million.
And West Ham boss Moyes responded when reporters asked him about the Cash situation, as quoted by Football.London:
“Can you confirm there was a £15m offer from Milan? Or was it just speculation. In my understanding we did not make a £12m bid for Matty Cash. I think we have made some enquiries but as far as I know we did not make any offer whatsoever.”
He went on to say:
“I don’t know who is saying we made the offer. I think a lot of people are saying we make offers but I genuinely don’t think we did make an offer for Matt Cash. He’s a good player, mind you.”
The Hammers are bang in trouble. They are currently sitting level on points with 19th placed Watford. And if they fail to sign at least three top class players before the end of this month’s transfer window, they will face the very real prospect of going down.
Right-back is clearly an area that needs strengthening. Pablo Zabaleta is well past his best and quite simply isn’t good enough at this level anymore. The Argentine is leaving in the summer anyway.
Ryan Fredericks, meanwhile, is currently injured, but he hasn’t impressed at all since joining West Ham. He needs more competition to help push him to the limit.
And that’s what Cash would bring.
The 22-year-old has been in great form this season, with two goals and four assists in 27 Championship games for Forest.
He is also a very sound defender. According to Who Scored, he has averaged three successful tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.9 clearances in 27 league games for Forest this season.
Cash would clearly be a very good addition for West Ham. And they just need to pay the east Midlands outfit whatever they want. According to Moyes, however, the Hammers have not even submitted an offer for the 22-year-old.
And considering the fact that there are only 5 days remaining before the window closes, that will be a real worry for West Ham fans.