West Ham United have had a quiet transfer window so far with no new faces arriving at the club.
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New signings were always going to be unlikely unless players were sold.
Albian Ajeti and Jordan Hugill were sold for a combined £7.5million.
But so far that money has not been put to use by David Moyes, who has been told he must sell to buy (Claret & Hugh).
Supporters are worried West Ham’s unpopular owners David Sullivan and David Gold will cash in on Declan Rice with Chelsea said to be preparing an £80 million bid (The Mirror).
And there was more concern this week when reports emerged from Italy claiming Napoli had launched a £24 million bid for fans’s favourite Pablo Fornals (The Express, MSN).
That is the same amount West Ham paid Villareal to beat Napoli in the race for the Spaniard last summer.
Fornals endeared himself to West Ham fans last season with his workrate, passion and attitude.
He showed glimpses of his brilliant talent on the ball too and signs of a good understanding with the likes of Jarrod Bowen.
So the prospect of the club’s cash-strapped owners cashing in on Fornals did not go down well with supporters.
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They need not worry, though, according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
The anonymous Twitter and podcast personality says there has been no bid for Fornals.
“Nope,” ExWHUemployee said when asked if there was any truth in the Napoli bid.
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 1, 2020
West Ham fans have high hopes for Fornals this season.
It is hoped that now he has adjusted to the physical demands of English football, his talent on the ball can start to really flourish.
West Ham could see benefits of Pablo’s big motivation
Spain coach Luis Enrique is building an exciting young side with the national team.
But despite being a big part of the Under 21s European Championship winning side last summer, Fornals has failed to make the step up to the senior side since his move to West Ham.
That will be a big motivation for the midfielder to win a place in that squad ahead of next summer’s delayed European Championships.
And West Ham will be hoping they see the benefits of that.
Like Enrique, Moyes wants to build a new-look team around young, hungry players. And Fornals is a big part of that.