West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted that any potential transfer target’s vaccination status may well play a part in whether or not he decides to sign them.

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The Hammers manager desperately needs to sign at least two top-class players in the January transfer window.

West Ham are currently flying high in fourth spot in the Premier League table, are safely through to the last 16 of the Europa League and the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

We also have a third round FA Cup clash with Leeds to look forward to next month.

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In order to compete on all fronts though, two new additions will be a necessity in January – namely a striker and a centre-back.

West Ham boss David Moyes makes transfer admission ahead of January window

Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna are both out with long-term injuries. Meanwhile, Michail Antonio is desperately short of form.

The West Ham fans will be desperate for Moyes to bring in a first-rate central defender to cover during the absences of Ogbonna and Zouma and someone who can compete with Antonio up front.

Moyes is obviously open to bringing in some quality players but admitted to Football.London that the vaccination status of any potential new additions will have to be taken into account:

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“It’s actually a good point and I had not thought about it but certainly, is it a good point. I don’t know if it would necessarily be completely a thing that I wouldn’t sign a [unvaccinated] player but in the same breath I know that is such a big issue at the moment for the clubs and I would really like all the players vaccinated but everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we can only give them advice and then it’s up to the players to decide if they take it or not.”

It is an interesting point.

We’re not going to get in the the ethics of whether or not people should get vaccinated. That’s up to the individual.

When a football club is spending millions of pounds on players though, it is something that will undoubtedly need to be discussed.

The January transfer window is a huge one for David Moyes and West Ham.

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The escalating Covid problems facing the world may well put a spanner in the works for the Hammers though.

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