West Ham United boss David Moyes could have until January to make new signings.
There is growing uncertainty over when and even if football will resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League and West Ham’s battle against relegation is on hold until April 30th.
But that is likely to be reviewed again with fears the current enforced three-week lockdown will be extended.
European football officials held talks last week and still hope domestic leagues will be completed by June 30.
Enforced break has upside for Moyes
What the break does do – probably for the first time in the Scot’s career – is give Moyes plenty of time to plan potential transfers.
Moyes can take his time identifying targets and planning how and who he wants to build the young, hungry West Ham squad he has been dangling as a carrot to fans (whufc.com).
There had been fears clubs would not have enough time to make crucial transfers in the summer.
But according to a new report, FIFA are set to bring in changes which could extend the window as far as January.
West Ham could have until January to make transfers – report
World football’s governing body is chairing a working group on the issue but has yet to reach a decision on whether to delay or possibly extend the next window all the way through to January 2021 (Sky Sports and Daily Mail).
A FIFA spokesperson told Sky Sports News: “This Working Group will assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods.
“This work has already started and will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players.”
That would give West Ham boss Moyes and his contemporaries the advantage of seeing where their squads are short some way into the season like the days before the transfer window.
Moyes gets time to put exciting plans in place
Whether West Ham’s under fire owners David Sullivan and David Gold give him much money to spend remains to be seen.
Hammers fans got a glimpse of what the future under Moyes might look like with the January signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek and the promotion of Jeremy Ngakia to the first team.
Much of that business could be focused on the Championship. West Ham have been linked with a host of young stars from the second tier including Brentford’s Ollie Watkins (The Sun), QPR’s Eberechi Eze (The Sun on Sunday (1/12; page 69) and West Brom’s Matheus Pereira (Birmingham Mail).
West Ham were much improved before the coronavirus pressed the pause button on the season.
Moyes will be hoping that momentum is not lost and his side can get the wins needed in the last nine games to survive.
Then he can go about transforming the team in line with his stated plans.