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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe's wise words serve as a major warning to West Ham counterpart David Moyes over transfers

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s wise words serve as a major warning to West Ham counterpart David Moyes over transfers this summer.

If Howe has worked wonders in a short time at Newcastle United then Moyes has performed a minor miracle at West Ham.

Howe turned around a desperate situation at St James’s Park to comfortably save Newcastle from relegation last season.

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In two years Moyes took West Ham from relegation candidates themselves and turned them into a genuine European outfit.

So genuine in fact many felt it should have been the Hammers lifting the Europa League trophy last month after their hugely semi-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

Central to the success of Howe at Newcastle and Moyes at West Ham has been sound transfer business.

Looking ahead to next season and it promises to be the most fiercely competitive Premier League yet.

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The likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton and Crystal Palace will all be fighting West Ham for the European spots.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea will all likely improve their already impressive squads.

While Howe was active in January spending around £95m on captures such as Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn, West Ham fans were hugely disappointed when Moyes did not make a single signing.

Heading into the summer Aston Villa have already clinched four top quality signings while Newcastle are said to be on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign West Ham target Hugo Ekitike.

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The Magpies are also being linked with a blockbuster move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

The transfer window opens this week. And as usual West Ham have been linked with a plethora of players.

Defender Nayef Aguerd appears to be close to a move to the London Stadium and there are rumours Moyes wants to make Alphonse Areola’s deal permanent and sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

After a host of departures, though, West Ham need at least six or seven quality signings. So there is no time to waste.

Given the pro-active nature of the business being done by the likes of Newcastle and Villa, some West Ham fans are concerned they are going to be left behind.

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Moyes does have a reputation for taking his time to do due diligence on all signings.

So Newcastle boss Howe’s wise words serve as a major warning to West Ham counterpart Moyes over transfers.

“I was joking to someone that the planning would start on the coach on the way back (from the last game of the season),” Howe said (Sky Sports).

“Then I had a rethink, it can wait until Monday, but really it starts straight away.

“You have to. The Premier League moves so quickly, the competition is so strong, you have to try and be ahead of the game.

“We have to try and be sensible about what we do this summer. We know it’s a big time for the club.”

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

Moyes must heed the words of Howe when it comes to this summer transfer window. Given the lack of activity at West Ham in January when there was so much to play for in the second half of the season, supporters are hugely expectant and rightly so.

West Ham, with Rob Newman as head of recruitment and boosted by the fresh financial muscle of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, should be well prepared and ready to make signings from the moment the window opens.

If they are not then as Howe saliently points out, there is a huge risk of getting left behind.


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