West Ham United are actively searching for a director of football if recent reports are to be believed.
And it shows West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold are intent on giving Hammers boss David Moyes exactly what he wants.
According to SportBild West Ham want to bring Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic to the club this summer as head of recruitment.
West Ham owners actively seeking DoF with blessing of untouchable Moyes
Moyes is currently untouchable at West Ham as he leads the club to what is shaping up to be their best season for 35 years.
So it is unthinkable that Sullivan and Gold would appoint a DoF against the Scot’s wishes.
Therefore logic would suggest Moyes is in favour of such an appointment.
But some fans have voiced fears the Scot might be against someone being brought in above him. Those concerns are partly fuelled by the largely failed experiment of appointing Mario Husillos as DoF alongside Manuel Pellegrini.
Husillos and Pellegrini were painted as failures for signing the likes of Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Roberto, Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller.
But it must also be remembered they were responsible for some superb acquisitions too, including Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena.
Some fans fearful after “failed” Husillos experiment
But West Ham fans need not worry. That’s because the pursuit of Bobic – which looks doomed due to interest from his boyhood club Hertha Berlin – is in line with exactly what Moyes wants.
Speaking in interviews with The Evening Standard, Moyes has made it explicitly clear he is pushing Sullivan and Gold to overhaul West Ham’s recruitment process.
And central to that is appointing someone to head up recruitment.
And when asked if that was still his plan ahead of the January window he confirmed it certainly was in another interview with The Standard.
“Yes, it’s my long-term job,” Moyes told The Standard.
“I want to get us a state-of-the-art recruitment department for the future which we can look to and use.
“We are undoubtedly behind, I would argue probably every other club in that area. But it’s something I will fix, it’s something I want to get in place better.”
Bobic pursuit is in line with Moyes’s wishes, but Hammers owners must let Scot choose the man HE wants
So it seems Sullivan and Gold are listening to their manager.
And is it any wonder. Moyes’s signings since returning to West Ham last year have been phenomenal.
The Hammers boss even claimed on beIN Sports last week that Sullivan – the majority stakeholder and key decision maker at West Ham – trusts him thanks to his good work.
It seems West Ham could well have a DoF in place this summer.
The Irons need signings in several key positions this summer. And if they make Europe they may need even more.
So having someone helping Moyes in that department will be much needed. Just as long as he is happy with the man chosen for the role.