A journalist says Spurs attacking outcast Lucas Moura is available to ‘anyone who wants him’ and West Ham must pounce to beat rivals.
The battle to beat the drop could just as well be decided in the January transfer window as it is on the pitch this season.
Tottenham Hotspur don’t have to worry about that of course but bitter rivals West Ham certainly do.
While Tottenham have eyes on securing a Champions League spot, the Hammers are one of eight clubs who look set to be fighting it out to avoid relegation for the rest of the campaign.
West Ham signed Danny Ings last week to try and solve their goalscoring woes. But he was typically injured less than 24 hours after being unveiled by the club. David Moyes has confirmed he could bring in more players before Tuesday’s deadline.
Tottenham have signed former West Ham target Arnaut Danjuma and he duly scored on his debut at Preston on Saturday evening.
Danjuma’s arrival has now all but spelled the end of one particular player’s Tottenham career it seems.
Because a journalist says Spurs attacking outcast Moura is available to ‘anyone who wants him’ and West Ham must pounce to beat rivals.
There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham both on the terraces and in the boardroom.
So much so there has been an unofficial transfer embargo between the two clubs for over a decade now.
But West Ham have been heavily linked with a loan move for Spurs’ outcast right-back Djed Spence this month.
And Moura’s availability – potentially on a free transfer – should be a move West Ham give serious consideration to.
Because West Ham’s relegation rivals certainly are – including Southampton and Everton.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
Writing in The Sun, Nixon revealed Palace, Everton and Saints all want Moura who could be released on a free after being dumped in Tottenham’s Under 21s by Antonio Conte.
Moura has big wages – but given he would be on a free that should not be a problem for the Hammers as there is no transfer fee outlay.
The Brazilian is just what West Ham need. A player blessed with pace, who can play between the lines and make things happen.
Moura can also play across the front line in a variety of positions. West Ham are sorely lacking all those things, particularly speed, while Spurs have an abundance of options – especially after signing Danjuma.
Speaking on Twtter, Nixon says Moura is available.
“Anybody who wants him (Moura) can take him,” Nixon said on Twitter.
“But wages are big… he’s in a strong bargaining position.”
West Ham need to at least ask the question. If one of their rivals signs Moura and he helps keep them up at the expense of the Hammers then they will forever regret it.