Do go to bed because it has been a deadline day of disappointment for West Ham as David Moyes opts for a settled ship while rivals go for broke.

After the FA Cup win over Derby on Monday night Moyes gave West Ham fans a glimmer of hope that he may do some business on transfer deadline day.

But the 11pm deadline came and went with no new arrivals meaning Danny Ings was West Ham’s only first team signing in the January window.

If West Ham were desperate to avoid a disastrous and costly relegation then they clearly didn’t feel their cause could be helped by venturing into the market like all of their rivals – bar Everton.

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In fact, Everton aside, it could be argued West Ham are the only club in the relegation battle to actually have a weaker squad now than at the start of the window given the departures of Craig Dawson, Harrison Ashby, Darren Randolph and academy midfielder Pierre Ekwah.

With West Ham’s rivals pulling off some impressive business for talented young players, many Hammers fans many feel Moyes has fiddled while Rome burns.

West Ham fans will be well aware of the business that has been done by relegation rivals Leeds, Leicester, Bournemouth, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

Do go to bed: Deadline day disappointment for West Ham as David Moyes opts for settled ship while rivals go for broke

Between them those clubs have broken some of their transfer records and spent over £350m.

Even midtable clubs such as Crystal Palace and Fulham have made impressive deadline day signings as West Ham stood and watched.

Do go to bed is the message after deadline day disappointment for West Ham as Moyes opts for a settled ship while rivals go for broke.

Of course it is not always how much you spend but rather how you spend it.

West Ham have proved that themselves with their horrendous regression this season after a £170m summer outlay.

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Ings’ arrival means Moyes has spent £250m in the three of the last four transfer windows in which he has been active.

West Ham already had the oldest squad in the Premier League. The departure of young players and the arrival of another 30-year-old has worsened that particular statistic.

The Scot has persistently insisted he prefers to work with a smaller squad – despite West Ham consistently suffering injury problems.

And it seems he has opted to go with a settled ship rather than bring in players at the last minute.

Many fans are furious with the club’s inaction given what is at stake and the fact West Ham are in the last 16 of a European competition they are one of the favourites to win.

Moyes looks to have made a seriously brave call by resisting bringing in any further additions.

Time will tell whether it is the right one.


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