David Moyes has delivered a depressing update on West Ham United’s hunt for a new striker.
West Ham have just one senior striker in the shape of injury-prone converted winger Michail Antonio.
West Ham fans were angry if not at all surprised after the club sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million without having a replacement lined up.
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The Hammers have been linked with a plethora of strikers since.
And Moyes has told the press on several occasions West Ham are trying to sign a forward.
But as yet those approaches have proved fruitless.
And speaking on BT Sport after West Ham’s 2-1 victory over West Brom on Tuesday night, Moyes offered a rather glum if sensible update on how the striker hunt is going.
Moyes delivers sensible but depressing update on Hammers striker search
“It would be important (to sign a striker) if the right ones were there,” Moyes told BT Sport.
“But it’s only important if the players are available and they’re the ones we want.
“We don’t want to bring people in here who we regret doing and who doesn’t help the team. So we’ll try and get somebody, if we don’t then we’ll find solutions within the squad if we can.
“Not at the moment no,” Moyes responded when asked if anyone was on the radar.
In the last 24 hours alone no fewer than six new names have been thrown into the ring as potential striker signings for West Ham from various sources.
But if Moyes’s actions against West Brom are anything to go by, he could use Jarrod Bowen up front.
When Antonio was substituted late on, Moyes pushed Bowen up front with Andriy Yarmolenko out on the right.
It could be an emergency Plan B if West Ham need it. But it takes away the threat offered by Bowen down the right hand side.
If West Ham are going to do any business, the clock is ticking.
The transfer window closes in less than two weeks at 11pm on Monday February 1.