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Rich transfer pickings becoming abundantly clear for David Moyes at West Ham as summer window looms

Rich transfer pickings are becoming abundantly clear for David Moyes at West Ham as the summer window looms.

The Hammers boss and West Ham fans know only too well the club faces a big rebuild this summer.

Moyes has admitted as much in recent interviews with The Evening Standard and Alan Shearer for The Athletic.

It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure it out, just look at the facts.

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Moyes is overseeing the second oldest squad in the Premier League and has a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of his plans.

But if there was any doubt over what is needed this summer then Mark Noble provided clarity in a parting message to owners David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold at the weekend.

Noble stated that West Ham are ‘already three players short as it is’ before the impending departures.

West Ham require at least six to eight quality new signings this summer if they want to continue to push for the top six.

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The likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester United will all be better next season and competition for the top eight promises to be fiercer than ever.

It is highly unlikely West Ham will be able to spend big on every addition when making that number of signings. So Moyes and the owners will have to spend wisely – as they have done on the whole over the last two and a half years.

Well the relegation picture could seriously start to work in West Ham’s favour.

Because the rich transfer pickings are becoming abundantly clear for Moyes at West Ham as the summer window looms on June 10th.

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Rich transfer pickings becoming abundantly clear for David Moyes at West Ham as summer window looms

West Ham have been linked with several players from both Norwich City and Watford, who are already down.

The Hammers have also been linked with a host of players at the three clubs fighting to avoid being the side that joins them through the Premier League trapdoor – Everton, Leeds and Burnley.

And there will be some rich pickings on offer for West Ham however it plays out.

Each side have at least one or two players that West Ham have either been linked with or who would make a good addition to Moyes’s squad.

And the clubs in question will be forced to sell their star men if and when they drop into the Championship.

Let’s look at the potential rich pickings on offer for West Ham from the clubs in the relegation picture.

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West Ham have been linked with Canaries right-back Max Aarons for some time with Calciomercato reporting back in March that Moyes remains a fan.

With the Hammers in need of at least one new striker Teemu Pukki may also be worth a look at the right price after he hit 11 goals and laid on three assists this season despite playing in the league’s worst team.


The Hornets have a number of players who could interest West Ham. The Hammers have been linked with two Watford forwards.

Moyes is said to like Emmanuel Dennis and The Athletic claimed last month West Ham are keen to sign him this summer.

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West Ham have also been linked with Ismailia Sarr in the past (The Sun).

With a new left-back a priority for Moyes this summer, their Ivory Coast international Hassane Kamara could be a shrewd signing as he has been really impressive since joining in January.


West Ham have been linked with three Burnley players on a consistent basis since Moyes returned to east London.

James Tarkowski is the most prominent and is available on a free transfer. Although reports this week claim Newcastle have beaten West Ham to his capture (The Mirror).

But the Hammers have also been linked with moves for central midfielder Josh Brownhill and goalkeeper Nick Pope.

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West Ham reportedly made huge bids for Leeds duo Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha in January (The Sun, Sky Sports).

Fresh attempts in the summer have been mooted but competition will likely be fierce with Barcelona also being linked with Raphinha.

If Leeds do drop then it would certainly increase the chances of the Elland Road outfit being open to selling. And both players would have to leave to keep their places in the England and Brazil squads ahead of this winter’s World Cup.

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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a big money move to West Ham (Football Insider).

And with the Toffees struggling financially, that is a move which Moyes may pursue regardless of whether Everton stay up.

Centre-back Michael Keane has also been linked with West Ham recently (The Daily Star). Whether that would be a good signing or not is open to serious debate as Keane has been woeful in recent seasons.

But Moyes showed with the signing of Craig Dawson that he – as a former centre-back – knows how to get the best out of players in that position.


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