West Ham United boss David Moyes must sell to buy in this window and is already falling behind in the race for his top target.
According to The Evening Standard QPR’s Eberechi Eze is that man.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh – who have a direct line to owners David Sullivan and David Gold – claim Moyes has a ‘zero transfer budget’.
The Scot plans to sell a host of underperforming and unwanted players such as Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Albian Ajeti, Arthur Masuaku, Fabian Balbuena and Ryan Fredericks.
West Ham slip behind Palace in race for Eze?
But wanting to sell them is one thing, actually doing it is another, particularly given some of the wage packages West Ham’s outcasts are on.
As a result of having no funds West Ham have already slipped behind Crystal Palace in the race for Eze (Evening Standard).
Supporters have been venting their anger at Sullivan and Gold over the lack of transfer funds.
But a new report from well connected Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg claims the duo will front up the money to try and sign Eze.
Hammers owners will stump up money for Eze says well-connected journalist
QPR want Hammers striker flop Jordan Hugill back next season as part of any Eze deal (West London Sport).
That could be West Ham’s ace card. But the £9million forward’s value as a makeweight would only be around £4-5million.
QPR reportedly value Eze around £15-20million. So if The Guardian’s report is accurate, Sullivan and Gold will have to stump up between £10-15million to make the Eze deal happen.
“West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of Eberechi Eze, with David Moyes determined to win the race to sign the Queens Park Rangers forward,” Steinberg reports in The Guardian.
Quick turnaround piles pressure on transfer dealings
“QPR are holding out for as much as £20m for Eze, who is also attracting interest from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion.
“Although West Ham are unlikely to be able to spend heavily, they have indicated they are prepared to make funds available to sign the 22-year-old.”
Moyes does not have long to make changes to his squad before next season.
The new campaign starts on September 12th.