After a dismal deadline day West Ham United now have until next Friday to sign players from the Championship or below.
David Moyes is desperate for reinforcements all over the pitch.
Nine players have left West Ham since the end of June and only one – Vladimir Coufal – has arrived.
Jack Wilshere, Josh Cullen and Xande Silva departed on deadline day. And Felipe Anderson is set to follow them out of the West Ham exit today, on loan to Porto.
That leaves Moyes with just 20 senior players, which includes goalkeeper David Martin.
West Ham squad left hanging by a thread after departures
Of those senior players Moyes has just three central midfielders, two strikers and four defenders.
It is safe to say his squad is hanging by a thread.
West Ham need players throughout the spine of the team. Michail Antonio is vital to everything West Ham do. The powerful, hardworking striker makes the Hammers tick.
But he is injury-prone.
His back-up, Sebastien Haller, does not give West Ham anything like the same impetus.
So West Ham will surely look to the Championship now for another forward.
Hammers look to Championship and Josh deal could be King
And the one that sticks out like a sore thumb is Bournemouth striker Josh King.
The Norwegian has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Tottenham to no avail.
But he could now be within West Ham’s reach given how unpopular co-owner David Sullivan likes to do business.
West Ham often struggle to agree deals with clubs as they like to spread payments out over extended periods.
The club missed out on Wesley Fofana to Leicester because Sullivan reportedly wanted to pay them £5million a year over six years.
Well a move for King could be perfect for West Ham both on the pitch and off it.
Music to Sullivan’s ears as reporter claims Cherries will accept instalments
That’s after a claim from talkSPORT reporter Geoff Peters last night.
Peters said that Bournemouth are so desperate to get King off their wage bill they will accept a deal paid in instalments.
“A number of Premier League clubs – and some abroad – have enquired about Bournemouth’s Josh King this summer,” Peters said on Twitter.
“The striker has attracted interest from Leicester, Spurs, Everton and Palace.
“Bournemouth are willing to accept an offer based on instalments to get him off the wage bill.”
A number of Premier League clubs – and some abroad – have enquired about Bournemouth’s Josh King this summer.
The striker has attracted interest from Leicester, Spurs, Everton & Palace.
Bournemouth are willing to accept an offer based on instalments to get him off the wage bill pic.twitter.com/AbVN9yn52P
— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) October 5, 2020
That will be music to Sullivan’s ears.
Whether Moyes fancies King or not remains to be seen. But his energy and work ethic could make him the ideal foil for Antonio.
And at 28 he still has some good years left in him at the top level.
If West Ham do want to move for King, they have until October the 16th to make it happen.