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New transfer hope for West Ham as FIFA opens one-month window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia
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New transfer hope for West Ham as FIFA opens one-month window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia

There is new transfer hope for West Ham as FIFA opens a one-month window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia.

West Ham fans have bemoaned the fact the club failed to sign any players in the January window with so much to play for.

David Moyes has a shallow squad at West Ham and it has started to show in recent months.

The Scot has admitted he is frustrated with his lack of options and said he will have to push his players to breaking point.

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New transfer hope for West Ham as FIFA opens one-month window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia

West Ham desperately need more options up front and in a creative sense.

And there is new transfer hope for West Ham after FIFA confirmed a one-month window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia as a result of Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

“Following the escalation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has led to an ongoing and distressing humanitarian crisis, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided – in coordination with UEFA and after consultation with various stakeholders – to temporarily amend the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) in order to provide legal certainty and clarity on a number of matters,” FIFA said on Monday night in an announcement that is surely to make West Ham sit up and take notice.

“The principles are set out in the form of a temporary annexe to the RSTP (Annexe 7) entitled “Temporary rules addressing the exceptional situation deriving from the war in Ukraine”.

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“The following decisions have been taken:

  • Concerning the situation in Ukraine, in order to provide players and coaches with the opportunity to work and receive a salary, and to protect Ukrainian clubs, unless the parties to the relevant contract explicitly agree otherwise, all employment contracts of foreign players and coaches with clubs affiliated to the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) will be deemed automatically suspended until the end of the season in Ukraine (30 June 2022), without the need for any action from the parties to this effect.
  • In order to facilitate the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia, in the event that clubs affiliated to the Football Union of Russia (FUR) do not reach a mutual agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before or on 10 March 2022 and unless otherwise agreed in writing, the foreign players and coaches will have the right to unilaterally suspend their employment contracts with the FUR-affiliated clubs in question until the end of the season in Russia (30 June 2022).
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“The suspension of a contract as per the paragraphs above will mean that players and coaches will be considered “out of contract” until 30 June 2022 and will therefore be at liberty to sign a contract with another club without facing consequences of any kind.”

You can read the full FIFA announcement here.

There is a plethora of talent at some top clubs in Russia and Ukraine which would surely improve West Ham’s squad between now and the end of the season in the race for a European spot.

Hammers boss David Moyes with head of recruitment Rob Newman. Photo: West Ham

Ukraine clubs Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv and Dnipro are awash with talent with a host of exciting attackers including several from Brazil.

In Russia, Zenit and the Moscow clubs have notable players which could interest West Ham and Moyes.

It is a one-off opportunity that West Ham will surely not pass up.

But it will be a race against time with the one-month window closing on April 7th.

West Ham fans will hope head of recruitment Rob Newman already has a comprehensive dossier on some of the top players in the two leagues.

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