David Moyes has dropped a big hint over his West Ham summer transfer targets as he eyes key blend in Hammers rebuild.
After a hugely disappointing January window given what the Hammers had to play for, the pressure is on the West Ham board to seriously back Moyes in the summer.
Following the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as the club’s second biggest stakeholder in November and Rob Newman from Man City as head of recruitment before that, expectations have risen over the quality of player West Ham will be in for to continue the brilliant progress they have made in the last two years.
This summer West Ham face a big rebuild, as Moyes has admitted himself. The Hammers have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of the manager’s plans.
With several players already needed in key areas such as up front, central defence and at left-back – it means West Ham will require as many at least six to eight players if not 10 in a the rebuild.
In an interview with The Athletic recently Moyes made it perfectly clear he expects big backing from West Ham’s owners in the summer window.
West Ham were linked with a plethora of players in January and speculation is already rife over potential signings for the next window.
Now Moyes has dropped big hint over West Ham summer transfer targets as he eyes a key blend in the type of player he brings in as part of his rebuild (whufc.com).
“I’m hoping I can do something in a similar fashion here at West Ham (to his Everton dynasty), trying to build the club up and get them (West Ham fans) a side who are regularly contending for Europe and being at the top end of the Premier League,” Moyes said before the Everton game (whufc.com).
“Having lots of international players and boys who are improving, and from clubs from lower leagues who keep improving.
“I see us being much further on here at West Ham than we were at the (equivalent) time, for example, when I first went to Everton. It took me longer there.”
So there you have it, Moyes is targeting a blend of established international players and young, hungry potential stars from lower leagues.
And that is exactly what West Ham should be looking to do.
Now West Ham have got themselves into the European mix it is a tough job to stay there year in, year out.
So the Hammers will need proven quality in key areas.
But it is also vital to have that hunger and desire from promising players cherry-picked from the Championship and lower leagues like Jarrod Bowen – and Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell before him.