A throwaway quip from John Hartson on Twitter says everything about West Ham United’s striker recruitment under David Sullivan and David Gold.

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West Ham have sold £45million flop Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20m just 18 months after signing him (whufc.com).

Haller joins a long and not so illustrious list of strikers signed during the tenure of Sullivan and Gold who have – for one reason or another – not cut the mustard.

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Bare bones? More like threadbare hamstrings

If Harry Redknapp were still the West Ham manager he would describe his current striker options as being ‘down to the bare bones’.

A more accurate description for David Moyes might be threadbare – like his only striker Michail Antonio’s hamstrings.

One man Moyes could do with right now is West Ham legend Hartson in his prime.

The Welsh warrior made a tongue-in-cheek joke on Twitter when responding to a West Ham account discussing Moyes’s plans to try and replace Haller.

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Hartson quip brutally sums up Haller and West Ham’s recruitment

And it brutally summed up both Haller’s dismal spell and West Ham’s recruitment in one fell swoop.

“Sorry David, recovering from a knee op,” Hartson said on Twitter.

The light-hearted inference being that he could probably do just as good a job as Haller, even at his age.


And with West Ham’s striker recruitment record under Sullivan and Gold, you wouldn’t put it past them asking Hartson!

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Hammers fans won’t be hopeful over replacement, but signings have improved under Moyes

Moyes needed another striker in the summer BEFORE West Ham sold Haller.

Now it could be argued they need two. But given the way West Ham have been run, supporters will settle for one and expect none.

It has to be said West Ham’s recruitment has improved immeasurably since Moyes took full control.

Signings such as Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Vladimir Coufal and Said Benrahma have added a great deal to the team.

And Moyes plans to revolutionise West Ham’s recruitment in the future after admitting the club is lagging behind all its Premier League rivals in that department (Evening Standard).

Let’s hope the Scot has another ace card up his sleeve this month.

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