Major new Maxwel Cornet claims bring delight and despair in equal measure for West Ham with survival at stake in the second half of the season.

As reported by Hammers News at the weekend, Cornet posted a video showing what appears to be the West Ham star doing advanced rehabilitation work after his rare calf issue.

The case of Cornet is somewhat typical of West Ham’s rotten luck with new signings and injuries.

Striker signing Danny Ings getting injured less than 24 hours after being unveiled by the club being the latest example of that “West Ham curse”.

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When West Ham’s £17.5m summer signing Cornet was forced off just 35 minutes into his first Premier League start under David Moyes at the beginning of October with a calf injury, it was expected he would be back in a week or two.

But, nearly four months on, the Ivory Coast star has not been seen in claret and blue since.

The Hammers could really do with Cornet’s pace, powerful running and energy in a side seriously lacking all those things.

Well it seems – as suggested by his video post at the weekend – we may not have to wait too much longer.

But major new Cornet claims bring delight and despair in equal measure for West Ham with survival at stake.

According to a report from 6foot2, Cornet is on the verge of a return to the West Ham fold.

That’s the good news.

But his imminent return – it is claimed – will likely mean West Ham will now not look to sign another forward in the final week of the transfer window.

“His (Cornet’s) return is likely to mean that the club will forgo further attacking options before Tuesday’s deadline, instead deciding to stick with what they have,” 6foot2 claims.

“Michail Antonio is likely to stay and (Gianluca) Scamacca and Ings are expected to make quick recoveries from injuries.The club are worried that it could end up with too many attacking options on the bench, and that could lead to unhappiness.”

Unhappiness? God forbid our precious players are unhappy for a few months.

I tell you what would make them really unhappy, being relegated.

And if West Ham think one win over the worst team in the Premier League means we are not in the thick of this relegation battle for the rest of the campaign, they are in for a rude awakening.

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Moyes and the board should be doing everything in their power to add players before the deadline. Our very survival could depend on it.

Scoring goals has been a major issue all season and it is a very dangerous game to play to go with what we have. Particularly with those around us – bar Everton – strengthening.

It is this kind of attitude towards making signings in the January window which arguably cost West Ham Champions League qualification in 2021 and 2022 as well as potential Europa League glory last season too. The ramifications of inaction this time around are a whole lot worse.

The claim comes less than 48 hours after a report from 6foot2 that West Ham had ‘multiple active bids’ in for targets with the Hammers chasing a striker and a defender before the deadline.

Let’s hope that report is closer to the truth because make no mistake West Ham need new arrivals.


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