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Dean Ashton absolutely tears into West Ham over poor transfer window and says club has wasted golden opportunity
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Dean Ashton absolutely tears into West Ham over poor transfer window and says club has wasted golden opportunity

Ex Hammers striker Dean Ashton absolutely tears into West Ham over poor transfer window and says club has wasted golden opportunity.

The January transfer window looks set to close at 11pm with no new signings at West Ham.

The Hammers have been struggling to do any business despite a stream of reports of bids here, there and everywhere.

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Some West Ham fans are absolutely furious at the lack of activity given how much the club has to play for in the second half of the season.

David Moyes’s side are in the battle for the top four, in the last 16 of the Europa League and – barring a disaster – should make it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Many West Ham fans are sceptical over the transfer bids that have been reported in the last few days of the window.

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There have been claims that West Ham have had three separate £50m plus offers rejected for Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips at Leeds and Darwin Nunez at Benfica.

Earlier on deadline day former Premier League owner turned pundit Simon Jordan was highly critical of West Ham majority stakeholder David Sullivan, accusing him of phantom bids and faux ambition.

And this morning respected Athletic journalist Phil Hay revealed Leeds have denied West Ham ever submitted a formal bid for Phillips, despite claims to the contrary from a ‘senior West Ham figure’.

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Dean Ashton absolutely tears into West Ham over poor transfer window and says club has wasted golden opportunity

Now former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has slammed his old club for their failure to make signings in the window, saying they have wasted a golden opportunity to seriously challenge for the top four (talkSPORT).

Ashton also pointed out he had to compete with four other quality strikers to get in the West Ham team during his time including Teddy Sheringham, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora and Carlton Cole before the club later added Carlos Tevez too.

“I feel like they should have done some business,” Ashton said on talkSPORT.

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“It feels very much to me like, with the whole Phillips, Raphinha thing – I laughed out loud when I saw that because of course it’s not going to happen – it just feels, and again this might be because of rumours or genuine interest, but it feels like ‘they’re interested and they might offer this but almost like that (bid) is never going to be accepted’. But it (makes it) look like they’re interested and going to do business.

“Well you’ve got a great opportunity, like a fantastic opportunity, this season to get top four, you have! As well as last season, but this season you know Manchester United have struggled, Tottenham and Arsenal we’re not sure still, West Ham have had great consistency albeit have had a little wobble…

“You’ve got one really recognised striker. If he gets injured, that’s it! That is it. I would say if (Michail) Antonio was to get injured… if he was to be missing or you got an injury to (Jarrod) Bowen that would be it! Top four gone! Forget about it!

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“Where’s that player that they need when he’s (Antonio) not scoring to come in and maybe score and make him think ‘well actually I need to score, I have to score to keep my place’.

“If you’re going to be an elite club you have competition for places. Everyone fears the fact that they’re not going to play and therefore every day in training it has to be right up there, every game you play it has to be right up there. That’s how you build an elite mentality.

“And it just feels like they’re (West Ham’s owners) not at the moment willing to take that next step to bring in good competition for places.

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“When I joined West Ham I had to fight with four other strikers for the two spots. We had a great choice of strikers that all could have started.

“West Ham have got one. This was a great opportunity. OK you want to get the right characters in, but you haven’t.”

Ashton makes some absolutely salient points that will resonate with West Ham fans.

If only West Ham could find another striker like Ashton to bring into this team.

But it seems the now unfathomable wait for the Hammers to identify and sign a forward goes on for another six months at least.

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