David Moyes missed a trick to solve one of West Ham United’s big problems on deadline day.
As well as a striker, West Ham have desperately needed a new defensive midfielder as cover for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek since the summer.
That was highlighted by the panic when Soucek looked set to serve a three-game suspension after his now rescinded red card at Fulham.
West Ham’s alarming lack of back-up for key duo Rice and Soucek
West Ham only have ageing captain Mark Noble as back-up in what is one of the most important positions on the pitch.
And while Noble never lets anyone down, his lack of athleticism and mobility means the Hammers are not as dynamic with him in the side.
Moyes was heavily linked with a move for PSG defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye in both the summer and winter transfer windows.
Indeed French journalist Dave Appadoo claimed West Ham made a late move to try and sign Gueye last month.
The ex Everton midfielder has struggled for game-time at the Parc des Princes, making just 55 appearances for PSG.
Hammers ‘wanted’ Gueye from PSG in window
At 31 Gueye does not fit Moyes’s recruitment policy of signing young, up-and-coming talent.
But the 68-capped Senegal international is a tough tackling, ball-winning midfielder. And he would have been the ideal signing for the short-term to help West Ham make the most of their best season for 35 years.
Gueye may be considered a poor man’s N’Golo Kante. But he is exactly the kind of player West Ham need, particularly if Rice or Soucek face a spell out of the team.
Now it appears Moyes missed a trick to leverage his arrival after a new report claimed PSG wanted Hammers outcast Manuel Lanzini on deadline day.
According to Football Insider, PSG turned to West Ham after failing to do a deal with rivals Tottenham for Dele Alli.
Euro giants wanted Lanzini and Moyes missed a massive trick not using interest to leverage deal for Senegal star
A recruitment source told Football Insider that new PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino wanted his fellow Argentine in Paris.
But West Ham are said to have knocked back PSG’s approach even though Lanzini, 27, is not a regular member of their starting XI and is facing an increasingly uncertain future.
Lanzini is behind Said Benrahma, Jesse Lingard and Pablo Fornals in the West Ham pecking order.
So why West Ham did not use PSG’s interest to try and broker a deal for Gueye is a head-scratcher.