In our 9.30am transfer round-up it’s speculated that it will be 1 from 3 in plus Jesse Lingard and 2 out at West Ham on deadline day.
Because, with one non homegrown slot left in West Ham’s squad, bringing in two would mean one current non homegrown player would have to leave.
With Jesse Lingard likely to sign a short-term deal – which can be done after the window closes – he will count as a homegrown player, meaning one of the current squad fulfilling that criteria could – theoretically – also be sold.
9.30am transfer round-up: 1 from 3 in plus Jesse Lingard and 2 out at West Ham on deadline day?
We have been surveying the latest rumours, reports and speculation in West Ham circles to kick things off on this busy Friday.
In our 9.30am transfer round-up it looks like 1 from 3 in plus Jesse Lingard and 2 out at West Ham on deadline day.
That follows reports that technical director Tim Steidten made it clear he had reservations about a move for the Morocco forward.
Our top source at West Ham told Hammers News last night the prospect of new arrivals on deadline day is ‘fifty-fifty’.
All West Ham eyes are on whether the club gets a deal done for jet-heeled French striker Hugo Ekitike before the deadline in what looks to be one of three targets the Hammers remain in the mix for.
Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill confirmed overnight the club remain in talks with PSG over completing either a loan with option/obligation to buy and a permanent move.
West Ham were given a major boost last night when a Man United move for Marc Cucurella collapsed.
Ekitike, Maatsen and Kostic last remaining on the Hammers radar?
That has now opened the door for West Ham to make one last try to get longstanding left-sided target Ian Maatsen. Again that would be either on loan or in a permanent deal. With no European football, Chelsea will struggle to keep their £140m worth of left-backs happy and playing.
Dutchman Maatsen is keen to play regularly and was previously reported to be open to a move to West Ham.
The third big West Ham target on deadline day is Juve outcast Filip Kostic. Although fans should be wary his agent used the Hammers to get him a move to Italy last summer, he has apparently approach the club to find a new home for the Serbian assist king.
Word from Italy is that the deal is complicated.
Realistically it looks like being one incoming from those three although the Hammers were said to still be talking to Peterborough about Ronnie Edwards.
Moyes is reportedly relaxed about the situation should a striker not arrive as Mohammed Kudus, Jarrod Bowen and Lingard can all operate as forwards or second strikers.
Two of Cornet, Cresswell or Johnson the most likely to leave?
So one of the left-sided players look more likely to arrive that a forward.
Particularly if one of two deals for outgoing players gets done today.
It was claimed yesterday that Everton want Maxwel Cornet. Should the Ivorian depart it would suggest West Ham are confident of bringing in Maatsen or Kostic.
As well as Cornet, Pablo Fornals, Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson, Thilo Kehrer, Michail Antonio, Danny Ings, Said Benrahma and Nayef Aguerd have all been linked with moves away.
The most likely to leave today would be Cornet and Cresswell for Everton and Wolves respectively. But with Cresswell reintegrated into the West Ham squad, many feel Ben Johnson could be a more realistic departure.
A number of the other players mentioned above have been linked with Saudi clubs – whose deadline is not until next week. So if they don’t leave by tonight the transfer window story may not be over for a couple of them.
Steidten is back in the UK after his rare fruitless trip abroad. So if anything is going to happen, West Ham are in good hands while Moyes concentrates on the Luton clash.