David Moyes wanted to bring rising star Regan Riley to West Ham United before the transfer deadline last week.
That’s according to a report from Football Insider which claims West Ham missed out on the bargain £250,000 deal.
Moyes wanted teenage sensation Riley before transfer deadline
Teenage sensation Riley, 18, is highly rated in the game and Moyes reportedly wanted him as part of West Ham’s new Red Bull inspired recruitment philosophy.
Riley is an all action midfielder, something West Ham are missing as back-up for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
He became Bolton’s fifth youngest-ever player last season when he made his debut against Tranmere Rovers in League One.
Deal was already agreed with Championship leaders Norwich – report
West Ham wanted to get a deal done before the window slammed shut last Monday night claims Football Insider.
But Moyes’s interest came too late. Because Riley had already verbally agreed to join Championship leaders Norwich City.
“Riley had set his heart on a move to Norwich and the Hammers’ interest was not enough to sway him,” Football Insider states.
“Riley was keen to head to Carrow Road and join a new club renowned in recent years for promoting youthful talent and handing them extended first-team appearances.
“He namechecked the progress at Norwich of the likes of Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell, who have all been developed at the club into proven top-level stars.”
Progress of Canaries stars attracted Riley to Carrow Road as West Ham search for midfield back-up to Rice and Soucek goes into the summer
Moyes has a similar reputation for bringing through young talent.
And he wants to make West Ham a club that gives top emerging players the chances to shine on the big stage.
But it seems Riley is one that got away.
West Ham were heavily linked with signing a striker in the January window.
Many fans believed the club also needed a back-up central midfielder, though.
It is encouraging to hear Moyes was looking to strengthen in that department.
But it is equally disappointing that West Ham missed out.