The West Ham United rumour mill has ground to a halt in the last few days.
During transfer windows West Ham are one of the most talked about clubs.
With various ITK sources making claims about targets and signings, West Ham are usually one of the transfer window headline makers for one reason or another.
Many fans don’t agree with leaks from the club. And some ITKs are more reliable than others with Twitter and radio personality ExWHUemployee proving the most trustworthy over a long period.
Do West Ham have any money to spend?
So when even he has no updates to excite and reassure supporters over transfer plans, it begs the question do West Ham actually have any money to spend this month?
Initial rumours in this window suggest they don’t. Trying to get Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan deal. Trying to strike a similar deal for Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa. And even the move for Darren Randolph smacks of trying to do things on the cheap.
Given just how grave West Ham’s situation is becoming and how desperately short the squad is in key areas, a lack of transfer activity is a huge concern.
Lack of budget should be no surprise
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold have sanctioned a paltry £25million net spend in the last two transfer windows.
In total the club has spent just £125million net over three windows on a team that had to fight to escape relegation during David Moyes’s first spell in charge.
Claret & Hugh, which regularly claims to have a top level source inside West Ham – believed to be Sullivan himself – also claimed recently there were no plans to splash the cash this month.
Moyes desperately needs reinforcements
Supporters hoped that might have been a smokescreen for some clever transfer business.
But there are just over two weeks to go until deadline day.
West Ham are hanging precariously one point above the relegation zone. And they face a nightmare run of fixtures that sees Moyes’s side play revitalised Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool twice in five of their next six games.
Moyes needs reinforcements in goal, at full-back, in midfield and up front.
But, for the moment at least, the silence is deafening.