New Hammers co-owner Daniel Kretinsky could be making a huge West Ham statement with exciting reported bid for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
It has never been clearer that West Ham need a new striker if they are to continue the brilliant progress made under David Moyes.
That progress, transforming West Ham from relegation battlers to a genuine European outfit and top six side, was one of the big reasons Czech billionaire Kretinsky pumped £150m in to purchase 27% of the club back in November.
Moyes has admitted he has been searching for a forward for two years. But the Scot insists he only wants the right player who will improve on what he has.
Crucially too, Moyes has insisted he has the full backing of the West Ham board to ‘go and get what he needs’.
West Ham fans went into the January window with big expectations following Kretinsky’s arrival.
Supporters understandably hoped the businessman – who has a net worth more than four times that of David Sullivan and David Gold combined – would help give West Ham that extra bit of financial muscle to get deals done for quality players.
With one week left until the window slams shut, though, that has not proved to be the case. Yet.
While the likes of Aston Villa appear to have no problem at all completing big transfers quickly and efficiently, West Ham are still struggling to find a striker despite selling Sebastien Haller over one year ago.
So fans were excited and sceptical in equal measure when The Sun claimed last night that West Ham are to bid for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The price mentioned in the article is £60m. But reading the report it clearly states West Ham would not go to that price for the England forward.
Daniel Kretinsky could be making huge West Ham statement with exciting bid for Dominic Calvert-Lewin
The prospect of signing Calvert-Lewin is tantalising. An absolute workhorse who is brilliant in the air, quick and has been steadily improving his finishing too.
Calvert-Lewin would very much be a dream signing for the Hammers. And for that reason, West Ham fans have been mocking the links on social media.
But maybe, just maybe, Kretinsky could be making a huge West Ham statement with this exciting bid for Calvert-Lewin?
There has been radio silence from the man nicknamed the ‘Czech Sphinx’ – not a complimentary moniker by the way, look it up – since he penned an open letter to West Ham fans via The Evening Standard after joining the club.
Kretinsky – like Moyes – likes to do his dealings in private.
So is this reported Calvert-Lewin bid his way of announcing his intentions to help Moyes make the Hammers a real force?
Or is it the latest in a long line of red herring transfer stories surrounding West Ham.
It’s the hope that gets you supporting West Ham.
But when is it going to be our turn to welcome some exciting signings to the club we support so fiercely loyally through thick and thin?
Kretinsky brought so much hope to the club when he arrived at the London Stadium.
Let’s now hope it is not yet another false dawn.