West Ham United boss David Moyes will have a watching brief tonight when Brentford take on Swansea in the Championship play-offs.
Former Hammers striker Andre Ayew may have scored one of his most important goals yet for West Ham after giving Swansea a 1-0 lead going into the second leg vs the Bees this evening.
Should Swansea finish the job, Brentford will miss out on the Premier League after having automatic promotion in their hands less than two weeks ago.
Anxious watching brief for Moyes as Bees take on Swans
Moyes will watch on anxiously because as many as three Brentford players are said to be central to his transfer plans.
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee confirmed the club’s interest in the trio on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
On the flip side, promotion to the top flight would undoubtedly scupper Moyes’s plans to sign any of them.
“Rico Henry at Brentford, he’s someone we’ve scouted before, and we have looked at him again, as we have numerous players from Brentford,” ExWHUemployee said on the West Ham Way podcast.
“Watkins and Benrahma are targets along with Henry. It will depend on their status whether they get promoted or not.”
Big night for West Ham’s transfer plans
Tonight is the night that could be decided in Moyes and West Ham’s favour.
If Brentford advance, former three-time Hammer of the Year Scott Parker looks likely to be standing in their way with Fulham having beat Cardiff 2-0 in the first leg of the other semi-final.
Moyes has been spotted in the stands on West Ham scouting missions recently.
He watched Wigan duo Cedric Kipre and Antonee Robinson against Charlton before shooting over to watch QPR stars Eberechi Eze and Ryan Manning.
Brentford more likely to sell if they fail in promotion bid
Whether Moyes is in attendance to watch Henry, Watkins and Benrahma for the last ever game at Griffin Park remains to be seen.
The Scot prefers to watch targets live in person as part of his thorough recruitment policy.
But he could elect to take in the game on TV.
He will undoubtedly be hoping for a Swansea win knowing Brentford will have to sell players to help pay for their new stadium if they are not promoted to the Premier League.