Hammers captain Mark Noble speaks on West Ham not making any signings in the January transfer window as fans fume.
The January transfer window looks set to close at 11pm with no new signings at West Ham.
David Moyes usually plays his cards close to his chest when it comes to transfers. Indeed he is famous for it.
This month, though, the Scot publicly stated on several occasions he wanted to bring a new defender and striker to West Ham.
But the Hammers boss has also steadfastly insisted he will not sign players who do not improve on what he already has at the London Stadium.
West Ham have clearly been struggling to do any business despite a stream of reports of big bids for a number of players.
Many West Ham fans are absolutely furious at the lack of activity given how much the club has to play for in the second half of the season.
With the team well in the race for the Premier League top four, in the last 16 of the Europa League and still in the FA Cup, supporters hoped Moyes would bring in some exciting signings to push his side on in the second half of the campaign.
There is certain to be a backlash from some fans towards the club’s owners as a result of the disappointing inactivity.
The arrivals of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky and head of recruitment Rob Newman appear to have made very little difference to West Ham’s recruitment this month.
If anything there appears to have been a very unwelcome backwards step to the incoherent, scattergun approach of the pre-Moyes era.
Mark Noble speaks on West Ham not making any signings in the January transfer window
One man who is most definitely in tune with all things West Ham, both behind the scenes and among supporters, is skipper Mark Noble.
And in an interview with Rio Ferdinand on his Vibe with Five YouTube show on deadline day, Noble has spoken out about the prospect of West Ham not bringing in any new signings in the window.
“I’m pretty close with the manager so we talk about players coming in and out,” Noble told Ferdinand on Vibe with Five.
“What he has said from day one is he’s not going to bring players in for the sake of it. He wants to improve the team, improve the squad and if you can’t get the right player he isn’t going to bring someone in that’s a waste of money if you know what I mean?
“Because I think we have done that in the past – not saying players are a waste of money – but it hasn’t quite worked or it hasn’t been the right character for the football club.
“With the players the manager has brought in, you see they’ve worked and they’ve gelled with the squad.
“So I think if it doesn’t work out, if we don’t get the players that we want then we’ll stick with what we’ve got and we’ll reinforce in the summer.”
Noble does take a much-needed considered view here.
And there is of course no guarantee that any new signings would suddenly make West Ham a better side.
But the frustration among West Ham fans is palpable following the club’s transfer window inactivity. Many are taking aim at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold. Others are pointing the finger of blame at Moyes. And some have understandably questioned Kretinsky’s intentions and ambition following the damp squib.
Moyes admitted earlier in the month that it has been noticeably more difficult to do deals in this particular window.
Other clubs such as Aston Villa, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham managed to do business, though. Burnley too signed an international quality striker in Wout Weghorst.
Even Bournemouth in the Championship signed reported West Ham target Nat Phillips and highly rated Premier League midfielder Todd Cantwell.