Reports claimed David Moyes was all set to get a new West Ham United contract for Christmas but he may have to settle for a signing instead.
West Ham have been transformed under the hardworking Scot.
The Hammers have made their best start to a season for five years.
And Moyes’s side will go back up to fifth place with a win at Leeds on Friday night.
“Insider” claimed Moyes was set for new deal
West Ham have been so good this season that there has been speculation Moyes will be handed a new deal after Christmas.
That is when West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold tend to negotiate new contracts.
Indeed Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed in his column The Insider last week that talks are underway over Moyes’s new deal.
The manager denied those claims in his press conference ahead of the defeat to Manchester United.
And West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claim he may have to wait until nearer the end of the season – when the Hammers are mathematically safe from any possibility of relegation.
Contract talks on hold until safety mark hit but Moyes could be rewarded with top target in January
Sullivan and Gold look set to reward Moyes in a different way, though, if reports are to be believed.
He may not get a new deal in January but he could get the striker he so desperately needs.
Short-term West Ham are very light in two key areas ahead of the winter window, defensive midfield and up front.
Fortunately Moyes has had Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek available all season.
But Michail Antonio’s injuries have already exposed the lack of depth in the striker department.
West Ham tried but failed to sign Josh King in the summer (The Guardian).
Moyes may finally get his man at the turn of the year, though, with Claret & Hugh claiming he is still he priority target.
Owners will structure payments to make deal happen – report
The Hammers insiders have links to Sullivan and Gold. And they say the cash shortage as a result of the pandemic won’t be a problem.
Instead Sullivan and Gold will put a payment plan in place to get Moyes the man he wants.
The Hammers are hoping to land striker Bournemouth’s Josh King or less for around £10 million given he is out of contract at the end of the season and has made only four Championship appearances.
But they are set to be doing deals in all cases where they and other clubs pay the fees over a longer period.