Insider suggests West Ham didn’t sign 29-year-old Wout Weghorst in January because he’s an anti-vaxxer
That’s acccording to club insiders Claret and Hugh, who claim that the striker has made his views on Covid-19 vaccinations very clear.
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The Holland international ended up joining Burnley from Wolfsburg for around £12 million in January (Sky Sports).
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needed to bolster his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium in January.
The Scot failed to do that, however. And now we are left with Michail Antonio as our only option through the middle between now and the end of the season. It really is a farcical situation considering that we supposedly have ambitions of challenging for honours both domestically and on the continent.
It seems as though there was at least a very good reason why Moyes didn’t sign one of his supposed transfer targets in January though…
Insider suggests West Ham didn’t sign 29-year-old in January because he’s an anti-vaxxer
The Hammers allegedly wanted to sign Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg in January (Calcio Mercato).
Burnley beat us to the 6ft 6in hitman’s signature, however. And the Dutchman has already made a big impact at Turf Moor.
At the time, some West Ham fans were really angry after we passed up on someone who was seemingly a perfect fit for us.
Some fans were even more angry when talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook claimed earlier this week that Weghorst would have joined the Hammers ahead of Burnley in January.
However, it appears as though there is a very simple reason as to why Moyes backed away from bringing the 29-year-old striker to the London Stadium.
Claret and Hugh claims that West Ham have taken the stance that they will not be signing players who have not been vaccinated.
Weghorst has made it very clear over the past year or so that he will not be getting the Covid-19 vaccination, as per Kicker in Germany.
And coincidentally, the striker tested positive for the virus back in October.
So that explains why West Ham backed away. And we can’t say that we blame the owners or Moyes in all fairness.
The possibility of losing a player for up to 10 days at a time if and when they test positive for Covid-19 through illness is not an attractive prospect for any club.
David Moyes absolutely has to sign a top-class striker in the summer. Missing out on Weghorst in January seemed frustrating at the time. It seems as though Moyes had his reasons though for not signing him though.