West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted that Kurt Zouma was his number one transfer target in the summer.
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That was in spite of the fact that the Hammers desperately needed to sign a new striker.
Moyes brought Zouma to the London Stadium from Chelsea for just under £30 million during the final few days of the summer transfer window (BBC).
The 27-year-old has proven to be a quite exceptional addition for West Ham so far.
Zouma is a truly top-class Premier League centre-back and it really is quite baffling that Chelsea actually allowed him to join us!
He is certainly the kind of player who will be able to take us to another level.
West Ham boss Moyes says Zouma was his number one transfer target was in the summer
Most people expected West Ham to sign a striker or two in the summer as a matter of priority.
That didn’t happen in the end though. Moyes brought in Alphonse Areola, Nikola Vlasic, Alex Kral and of course, Zouma.
The Scot spoke with Football.London about how much he wanted to sign the French centre-back:
“I was worried that if we lost one of our three centre-backs, we could be down. I nearly value a centre-half nearly as important as a centre-forward. We worked really hard and Kurt was the one I wanted and the one that was liked. I felt he had Premier League experience, he plays for France, probably not number one in the world at the moment, but maybe two or three.”
That proves that David Sullivan backed Moyes to get the man he wanted most.
We criticise the West Ham co-owner enough but surely he deserves a bit of credit after Moyes’s comments on Zouma.
Having said all of that, the fact that we still haven’t signed a striker to compete with Michail Antonio is just not acceptable.
Hopefully West Ham manage to address that particular issue in January.
And if Moyes has a prime target lined up, let’s hope that Sullivan will back him to the hilt to get him, just like he did with Zouma in the summer.