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New insider claim about David Moyes striker transfer plan will have West Ham fans raging

A new insider claim about David Moyes and his striker transfer plan will undoubtedly have West Ham United fans raging.

Moyes is facing a major rebuild at West Ham this summer with at least six or seven quality signings needed.

Supporters and pundits have been in agreement that signing a striker is top of West Ham’s priority list.

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Anyone who doubts West Ham’s need for at least one – if not two – new strikers in the summer need only take one look at Michail Antonio’s goal scoring record in 2022.

There has been a ridiculous over-reliance on the converted winger since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax 18 months ago.

Antonio started the season on fire but scored just three Premier League goals in 2022 – and the first and second of those were four months apart!

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With the transfer window opening next week on June 10th, speculation has abound over who West Ham might look to sign up front.

The likes of Armando Broja, Emmanuel Dennis, Ollie Watkins, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mohamed Bayo have been linked with moves to the London Stadium.

But now a new insider claim about the Moyes striker transfer plan will have West Ham fans absolutely raging.

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New insider claim about David Moyes striker transfer plan will have West Ham fans raging

According to high level West Ham insiders speaking to Claret and Hugh, Moyes may not sign a striker at all because he believes Antonio can continue to do the job for West Ham.

The site claims Moyes is ‘unwilling’ to spend big on a striker because he sees Antonio as West Ham’s main man for at least another season.

And the Scot is desperate to stretch out his budget as far as possible in other positions.

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There is a glimmer of hope that Moyes may still sign a striker in the report but any incoming will have to be relatively cheap and offer value for money.

“David Moyes is unwilling to spend big on a striker this summer because he believes Mikey Antonio can continue to lead the line for at least another season,…” Claret and Hugh reports.

“Moyes is not willing to spend much more than that (the £25m quoted for Broja) as he looks to ensure his budget stretches as far as it possibly can.

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“Mikey is 32 but he is likely to again shoulder the burden of leading the line for the majority of 2022/23, unless Moyes has a significant change of heart.”

Many Hammers fans will be incredulous reading these claims.

If last season did not make it clear to West Ham’s board and Moyes that the club desperately needs a top class new forward then nothing ever will.

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Antonio has been a great servant for West Ham and still has lots to offer.

But if West Ham want to continue to compete for the top six it is quite simply a necessity that they sign a new forward.

If Moyes is having to penny pinch with his budget after the minor miracle he has worked at the club then serious questions need to be asked of Daniel Kretinsky, David Sullivan and David Gold.

The claim comes just a couple of days after The Evening Standard stated Moyes would receive ‘substantial backing’ from the owners this summer.

We can only hope this is West Ham’s bluff.

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