Reliable West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has been discussing the kind of budget he expects David Moyes to have in January.
West Ham boss Moyes is building a new-look side around young, athletic, hungry players.
West Ham already have a quality young core of Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and – if he can rediscover his best form – Issa Diop.
Moyes building young, hungry Hammers side
There are also several hugely promising academy players emerging. And Moyes has proved he is not afraid to use them.
West Ham made Soucek’s move permanent in the summer. They made another astute signing by bringing in Soucek’s international teammate Vladimir Coufal for around £5million too.
Craig Dawson arrived on loan as defensive back-up.
And Said Benrahma was signed on loan with an obligation to buy as long as he passes a second medical at the end of his season-long spell.
Having paid a large loan fee – which is deducted from the transfer fee if and when the move is made permanent – West Ham must pay Brentford an initial £20m for Benrahma with another £5m in add-ons should various clauses be met over time.
Moyes had £30m in his transfer kitty before the domestic window closed.
That would leave the Scot with around £5-6m to play with in January, if no extra funds are to be forthcoming from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
Insider lifts lid on expected West Ham transfer budget for January
And it seems that will be the case after ExWHUemployee told The West Ham Way podcast, November 18th, Moyes will have minimal cash to spend.
“We have looked at a couple of players in MLS,” ExWHUemployee told The West Ham Way podcast, November 18th.
“That is kind of in the price range (£3.5m) if we were going to sign any players.
“Because I don’t believe we’re going to have a big budget in January as per.
“Mainly because they’re (the owners) already making the excuses that we’re still financially in a bit of trouble so if we are going to sign anyone, it will be that sort of fee.
“You’ll be able to tell in a few weeks whether that is actually the case whether it is someone we’ve just watched or actually want to sign.”
Players still needed in key areas of the squad
West Ham tried but failed to properly address weaknesses in the squad during the summer window.
The Hammers are short at left-back, defensive midfield and up front. And beyond this season they must also look to the future when it comes to centre-backs and the goalkeeper situation.
There are less than six weeks to go until the January window opens. So Moyes does not have to wait long to address any areas of concern.
He will have to be clever with his dealings, though, it seems if Ex’s claims are accurate.