West Ham United boss David Moyes is watching his transfer plans go up in smoke after a lack of backing from the owners.
The Scot has been told he must sell to buy this summer (Claret & Hugh).
But offloading players has proved difficult.
While the rest of the Premier League has been active in the transfer market, there have been no new faces at West Ham.
Moyes transfer plans in tatters
And now Moyes’s plans look to be in tatters.
That’s after West Ham’s London rivals Fulham and Crystal Palace closed in on deals for his three main attacking targets.
Crystal Palace have reportedly agreed a £16m fee for QPR star Eberechi Eze (Sky Sports).
The playmaker was reportedly Moyes’s number one target to rejuvenate West Ham’s stale creative options from central midfield (Evening Standard).
But while West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold plead poverty, Palace have found the money to back Roy Hodgson.
While Hammers owners plead poverty, Palace and Fulham show them up
If that wasn’t bad enough, the two strikers being eyed by West Ham – Brentford’s Ollie Watkins and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson – could both end up at newly-promoted Fulham.
Sky Sports claim Fulham have emerged as serious contenders for Watkins, who scored 26 goals last season.
The report does not even credit West Ham with an interest given the widely publicised lack of funds at Moyes’s disposal.
Not content with signing one of West Ham’s striker targets, Fulham are also going after Wilson (Sky Sports).
To rub salt in the wound further, the report claims another Hammers target – Rico Henry – is wanted by ex West Ham boss Slaven Bilic at West Brom.
Moyes undermined with lack of backing for key targets
If Moyes does not get the backing to sign any of his key targets then he has already been undermined by the owners.
It also supports the theory of some West Ham fans that Moyes was brought back because he is a ‘yes man’ for the owners and would just be grateful for the job.
Quite how the likes of Fulham and Crystal Palace can beat West Ham to a player just four years into the club’s move to the 60,000 seater London Stadium is anyone’s guess.
It seems West Ham have been rather uniquely affected by the global health crisis.