West Ham United look set to return to the French market as well as the Championship for transfers in the next window.
That’s if recent reports are anything to go by.
David Moyes says he wants to build a new-look West Ham around young, hungry players (whufc.com).
Hammers fans got a glimpse of what that will look like with the excellent January signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek and the promotion of academy star Jeremy NGakia to the first team.
“I want to stop the idea that what we’re doing is just buying someone who will fill the gap,” Moyes told West Ham’s official website back in January.
Moyes wants to build new-look West Ham on young, hungry talent
“I want it to be the vision for the club that we’re looking to bring in young, attractive, hungry players who are saying ‘we’re going to make West Ham better’.
“I know about footballers and I think players who are hungry and players who are trying to climb that ladder, trying to be Premier League footballers, we have to have a mix of that.”
As well as top talent from the Championship, Moyes is expected to scour Europe for talent fitting the same profile, as was the case with Soucek.
And it appears the French market, where West Ham snared two of their best signings of the last decade – Dimitri Payet and Issa Diop – will be a key area the club explores as well.
Given the financial implications of the global health crisis, West Ham may have limited funds.
Value for money and profile will be key
So value for money will be key.
According to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport last month, West Ham are hopeful of using their connections with the club’s former chief executive Paul Aldridge to help sign targets from Marseille.
This week it emerged Marseille would be willing to accept as little as £20m for ex Newcastle flop Thauvin to avoid losing him for free as he enters the last year of his contract (RMC).
The Hammers were quoted £30m for Sanson in January. But the midfielder is also said to be available for a knockdown price of just £19m in the next window (Le 10 Sport).
Finally a transfer policy with substance
West Ham were also linked with a move for young Bordeaux striker Josh Maja this week (The Sun).
The former Sunderland player, 21, is a London boy and is said to be available for just £10m.
And according to an exclusive report from the Sunday Express, Moyes wants another Marseille star, young centre-back Boubacar Kamara.
It is not yet clear when or how long the next transfer window will be.
But what is for certain is West Ham’s recruitment policy has been radically revised under Moyes.
It is a refreshing change for Hammers fans. Supporters have grown sick of the club’s incoherent, scattergun approach to transfers which always seems to leave West Ham just one or two injuries away from a crisis.