Athletic journalist David Ornstein drops big claim in West Ham transfer update but it’s the same old story once again.
West Ham fans are entering familiar territory with that familiar feeling.
The Hammers go into the last week of the transfer window without any signings thus far and it all feels a bit like groundhog day.
David Moyes has worked a minor miracle at West Ham. But his failure to sign a striker – having admitted he’s been trying for two years – threatens to see a hugely promising season jeopardised.
West Ham fans have urged the club to sign a striker for the last three or four windows, even before the sale of Sebastien Haller last January.
But Moyes – who admits he has the board’s full backing to ‘go and get what he needs’ has not found the man he wants yet. A defender too – given the season-long injury to Angelo Ogbonna – is also needed.
The arrivals of head of recruitment Rob Newman and Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as West Ham’s second biggest stakeholder raised expectations ahead of the window.
So far, though, there are no signs it has made the blindest bit of difference. There is still time but the clock is ticking.
The West Ham rumour mill has been whirring as one would expect.
Athletic journalist David Ornstein drops big claim in West Ham transfer update but it’s the same old story
But it’s the same old story once again, quite literally, as one of the names mentioned is a player who is perennially linked with West Ham Duje Caleta-Car.
Interestingly, though, Ornstein’s update insists a defender is still definitely on Moyes’s radar before the window slams shut a week today. But West Ham are more interested in loan deals.
“While many West Ham United fans are adamant they need a new striker before January ends, the club are believed to be interested in adding another centre-back to David Moyes’ squad,” Ornstein reports for The Athletic.
“Michail Antonio continues to lead the line without serious competition but West Ham are weighing up a move for Marseille and Croatia centre-back Duje Caleta-Car…
“West Ham are more inclined to making a loan signing, with Angelo Ogbonna likely to miss the rest of the season and Issa Diop struggling in recent weeks, while the Ligue 1 club would like a sale.”
Not a window has gone by over the last couple of years with the Dimitri Payet’s teammate being linked with a move to east London.
Caleta-Car reportedly turned West Ham down in the past so why we are persisting – if indeed that is the case – is anyone’s guess.
And the claim that West Ham are more interested in loan deals will frustrate fans who were expecting so much more when Kretinsky came aboard.