David Moyes has set out a tantalising vision of West Ham United’s journey to a brighter future under him but he is already hitting turbulence.
In effect that is to scout and snap up players from Europe before they become well known and to dip into the Championship for young, energetic, athletic stars hungry to prove themselves in the top flight.
Moyes laid out exciting West Ham vision
Moyes It theory it is an exciting way forward for West Ham. And the excellent signings of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen were a glimpse of what the future may look like.
The club’s fans are sick of the incoherent scattergun approach to recruitment under loathed owners David Sullivan and David Gold over the last decade.
West Ham lack an identity and philosophy as a result. And the Hammers always seem to be just one or two injuries away from a crisis.
Moyes wants to change all that. But according to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, the Scot will not have any funds to do so.
Any money he does get will have to come from player sales. But persuading other clubs to buy your underperforming, overpaid outcasts is not easy task at the best of times, particularly not amidst a global health crisis.
Moyes has a clear plan in terms of players he wants if reports are to be believed.
Lack of funds and Brentford promotion push leave Moyes plans in balance
His prime target is QPR’s Eberechi Eze (Evening Standard). And Moyes is also seriously interested in Brentford trio Said Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Rico Henry (ExWHUemployee on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
West Ham will only have a chance of signing any of Brentford’s stars IF they fail to be promoted.
Having made the Championship play-off final, where three-time Hammer of the Year Scott Parker’s Fulham stand in their way, Moyes’s plans are on a knife edge.
Brentford looked superb in the win over Swansea which has set up a West London play-off final. Fulham not so much in their 3-2 aggregate win over Cardiff.
West Ham will be watching on anxiously when Brentford play Fulham at Wembley next Tuesday (August 4th).
The situation ramps up the pressure on West Ham’s pursuit of Eze.
Hugill an ace card but Moyes under pressure to raise Eze funds
West Ham are said to hold the ace card in that QPR want Hammers flop striker Jordan Hugill included in any Eze deal (West London Sport).
Hugill has no future at West Ham but scored 15 goals for the Loftus Road outfit on loan last season.
His value in any deal would only amount to around £4-5million.
So West Ham must find the cash from somewhere to get the Eze deal done as a priority.
Time is ticking with the new season just six weeks away.
Moyes might not be able to rely on Benrahma as a back-up if West Ham can’t seal a deal for Eze and the Bees are promoted.
Things are very much in the balance for West Ham.
And Moyes must hope they can offload the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini as soon as possible.