As the season draws to a potentially exciting close for West Ham United the focus will soon shift onto summer transfers.
West Ham have been caught short over the last month with injuries to key players.
Many West Ham fans warned the club they did not have enough depth up front and in central midfield.
West Ham’s lack of depth exposed when it mattered most
And injuries to Michail Antonio and Declan Rice has brutally exposed that when it mattered most for West Ham as they chase European qualification.
The Hammers head to Burnley tonight knowing a win will keep their Champions League dream alive.
It seems qualification for Europe’s top tournament and player sales will heavily dictate the summer transfer budget David Moyes gets.
That’s according to insiders Claret and Hugh, who have direct links to the West Ham board.
Claret and Hugh claim Moyes will get a base budget of around £50 million. But that will be boosted by European qualification and if the Hammers can offload a host of fringe players such as Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko.
Insider claims Moyes transfer budget could reach over £110m – but modest £50m seems more likely
“David Moyes could have nearly £111m available in his summer transfer kitty if he offloads six players,” Claret and Hugh claim.
“Moyes has been promised all proceeds from outbound sales meaning together with a £50m summer transfer kitty that could total up to £110.75m if those valuations could be realised.”
Claret and Hugh is also reporting that Moyes wants to try and strengthen in three key areas.
Moyes will dedicate much of his budget to signing a new striker.
His second priority – according to the report – is to get Jesse Lingard signed permanently.
Moyes wants to sign players for three key positions this summer – insider claims
And Moyes then wants to add central midfield cover for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek as well as.
“The Hammers know they need a striker badly and accept that a quality forward won’t be available for for less than £30 million,” Claret and Hugh state.
“Alongside that they are looking to ensure Jesse Lingard remains at the club with Manchester United allegedly wanting around £20m – £25 million.
“Qualification for the Europa League would immediately add around £7 million or in the event of Champions League football closer to £15 million.
“Although David Moyes is notoriously slow in settling on his targets he is also understood to be looking for a midfielder as cover for Declan and Tomas.
“He understands that Europe mean he needs to increase his squad options and in a flat market will need to be very clever in the market.”