West Ham United boss David Moyes has delivered a transfer update and spoken out about his small squad.
West Ham have shipped out nine first team players since the end of June and signed just one.
But while the arrival of Vladimir Coufal looks an astute piece of business, West Ham’s transfer dealings have left Moyes with just 20 senior players, three of whom are goalkeepers.
West Ham fans are angry after the club failed to bring in more signings before the international transfer deadline.
Hammers fans angry after window pain
The Hammers are short in several key areas including central midfield, defence and up front.
Moyes now has until next Friday to add players from the Championship.
And he should have around £40million to spend.
That’s after the club received a sizeable loan fee for Felipe Anderson from Porto and £1m from Anderlecht for Josh Cullen to add to the £35m that was left following the purchase of Coufal.
Now Moyes has told whufc.com the club tried but failed with a number of bids for players before the international deadline on Monday.
Moyes delivers transfer update and says he prefers a small squad
The Scot says he will now look to add from the Championship.
But he also insists he would rather have a small squad than a big one so that there is space for academy players to step in.
“We tried to add, and I’ve got to say the club have been really good,” Moyes told whufc.com.
“We’ve bid for a few players, we’ve just not got them. But we’ve tried to bring in the right players, I’m trying to bring in players which I think can be here for the future. Of course I need players for now, like Vladimir, but I’m trying to build a young team, I’m trying to build a new team which can keep developing.
‘We’ve given ourselves room for new signings’
“I have to praise the club, the club have tried really hard to get the players in but obviously on some occasions we’ve just not quite got there or just been left down a little bit at the end.
“The first thing I would say is I’d rather work with a small squad than a big squad. I think it’s always easy to bring somebody out of the academy when there’s spaces. I’ve always wanted to have a club where those young boys feel there’s a chance to break through.
“We’ve got room as well so what we have done (by letting players leave) is given ourselves a bit of room now to bring players in if we need it.”