Hammers boss David Moyes has hit out at a pointless bid by Steven Gerrard to bring West Ham man to Aston Villa this month.
West Ham are yet to do any business in or out this month while Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne.
And Gerrard wanted West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph to be signing number three of the January window according to widespread reports.
The likes of The Evening Standard reported yesterday that Villa had made a move for third choice Hammers stopper Randolph and West Ham were willing to let him leave.
Reports claimed Gerrard is looking for cover for first-choice ‘keeper Emiliano Martinez and has identified Randolph as the man he wants.
The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Alphonse Areola on loan at West Ham.
West Ham are fighting for a place in the Premier League top four, are in the last 16 of the Europa League and are still in the hat for the FA Cup.
So letting anyone leave their tight knit squad in January could be deemed a big risk.
And speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 win over Norwich last night, Moyes hit out at the pointless Gerrard bid to bring Randolph to Aston Villa in a loan deal.
David Moyes hits out at pointless Steven Gerrard bid to bring West Ham man to Aston Villa
“I have no intention of letting Darren go,” Moyes told the press after the game (Football.London).
“We have had no (proper) offers as far as I was concerned. It was just a loan (offer from Villa) and I can’t see why I would let him go on a loan!?”
Moyes makes a salient point.
What do West Ham stand to gain from allowing Randolph to go on loan to Villa?
He is a well liked member of the squad and is said to be an integral part of the strong team spirit built by Moyes at West Ham.
Yes Randolph is unlikely to see much game time with everyone fit.
But it only takes an injury, suspension or Covid case to change everything and suddenly thrust the Irishman back into the limelight during a hugely promising second half of the season.