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David Moyes says he is planning West Ham transfers on a daily basis and warns owners

Hammers boss David Moyes says he is planning West Ham transfers on a daily basis and has fired a warning to the club’s owners.

Moyes has worked a minor miracle at West Ham over the last two years.

But after defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final first leg and with West Ham’s shallow squad struggling to produce consistent performances in the Premier League this year, Moyes has suggested this week his current side may have reached their ceiling.

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Speaking after the defeat to Frankfurt, Moyes questioned whether West Ham have the quality needed to truly compete at the level they are operating right now.

Many Hammers fans feel the club’s failure to sign players Moyes wanted in January is now coming back to haunt them when it matters most.

Hopes were high that West Ham would seize the golden opportunity in front of them during the second half of the season by bringing in quality players in key positions during the January window.

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Following the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as the club’s second biggest stakeholder in November and Rob Newman from Man City as head of recruitment before that, there was a real buzz around the club going into the window.

West Ham fans were angry when the window closed without a single new arrival.

The Hammers have managed admirably but there is an undercurrent among many supporters that the team could be doing even better to take advantage of transitional periods for several clubs who will likely improve drastically when next season rolls around.

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Moyes has already admitted in several recent interviews – including with The Athletic – that he has a big rebuild on his hands at West Ham this summer.

The Hammers have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of Moyes’s plans.

As a result the Scot will require at least six and maybe as many as eight new signings.

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Now in a new interview with Sky Sports published overnight, Moyes says he is planning West Ham transfers on a daily basis and has warned the club’s owners HE will always have the final say on signings.

“I still think the manager should have the final say,” Moyes said when discussing transfers with Sky Sports.

“A lot of clubs have sporting directors, and as long as the manager works closely with them you can work on it and do it. But I always think a manager tends to lose their job by poor recruitment, ultimately. If you get a chance, if you get enough transfer windows, then you’re getting judged so you have to try to make your recruitment good.

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“I see it as part of my daily job (planning transfers and recruitment). I don’t do it every single day, but there’s parts of the job where I have to be looking at the squad of players I have for the future, the young players I have at the club and what might be available outside as well…

“You try to get as much information as you possibly can, and like anything else you’re trying to build up your knowledge. But also when you or your scouts go and see them, you hope they come back with good reports.”

West Ham cannot afford to tread water in the summer window.

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The club must be ready to back Moyes to sign the players he wants and make realistic offers to clubs to get deals done. No derisory bids, no faux ambition, no excuses.

Are you listening David Sullivan, David Gold, Karren Brady and Kretinsky?

The summer window opens on June 10th.


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