West Ham United will not be backing Manuel Pellegrini in the January transfer window according to a new report.
Pellegrini has been clinging onto the West Ham job by hi fingernails.
West Ham were widely tipped to challenge for a European spot this season, particularly after a bright start.
But the Hammers nosedived with just two wins from 12 over the last 10 weeks.
Pellegrini clinging on, for now
A 1-0 win at Southampton last time out saw Pellegrini remain at the helm, for the time being at least.
The Chilean will not be given significant funds to improve his team in January, though.
That’s if a new report from Claret & Hugh is anything to go by.
The website, which regularly claims to have a ‘top level’ source inside West Ham – believed to be co-owner David Sullivan – has suggested the well is dry for January transfers.
That’s despite a meagre £25million net spend over the last two transfer windows.
Media-driven ‘big spending West Ham’ narrative is all wrong
There is a media-driven narrative that West Ham have spent big under Pellegrini.
But West Ham have spent a net total of £150million in the three transfer windows since his arrival in East London.
In the modern day Premier League that is not a huge amount, especially on a team that had battled relegation for the two seasons prior to Pellegrini’s arrival.
For context, newly-promoted Aston Villa spent more in the summer alone.
Claret & Hugh claims Pellegrini is still required to sell players to raise funds.
Report suggests the cupboard is bare
But a lack of viable options means he will be left relying on loans or the unlikely generosity of penny-pinching duo Sullivan and David Gold.
“A case could be made for PERHAPS selling either Arthur Masuaku or Andriy Yarmolenko,” C&H said.
“But the reality appears to be that we will be involved in the loan market with maybe the club digging deep for a decent striker if they can find one.”
West Ham fans won’t be holding their breath.
A lack of backing in the January market will speak volumes over Pellegrini’s future.
Indeed it could well prove to be the final nail in his West Ham coffin.
After all if the owners are not willing to back Pellegrini with signings then how is he expected to improve the club’s fortunes?