The 2021 summer transfer window is officially open and David Moyes has plenty of work to do at West Ham United.
Moyes somehow guided a West Ham squad sorely lacking in several key areas to its best ever Premier League points total and into the Europa League group stages for the first time.
But you cannot stand still in football and Moyes knows he must continue to evolve his Hammers squad to maintain his West Ham success story.
The Scot did that so well at Everton over a decade.
And recruitment, as always, will be key for West Ham this summer.
It’s official, the transfer window is now open and Hammers have 84 days to get deals done
The transfer window opened today and will close on August 31st.
That gives Moyes and West Ham 84 days to get their business done. And 30 of those will be dominated by the European Championships and Copa America.
Moyes’s priorities are clear.
Top of the list, West Ham desperately need at least one new striker.
Securing Jesse Lingard is next – but should West Ham fail to do that then they will need a back-up plan.
Thirdly a new central midfielder is needed who can deputise for Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice.
West Ham priorities are clear with a minimum of four signings needed
And Moyes must now look to sign a defender too after Fabian Balbuena was released. West Ham cannot go into a season with European football with just three senior centre-backs.
They are the four priorities.
In an ideal world West Ham would bring in a new goalkeeper and left-back too.
A new ‘keeper is needed over the next year to start the succession plan for Lukasz Fabianski.
And West Ham need to have one eye on eventually replacing Aaron Cresswell too.
Whether Moyes has the budget to make the four priority additions – let alone six – remains to be seen.
Moyes has plenty of work still to do to get recruitment setup how he wants it
But as the manager himself told The Daily Mail recently, getting the recruitment setup right in house at West Ham is the number one priority to help him bring sustained success in the transfer market and on the pitch.
“We have tried to make the team new and better,” Moyes told The Daily Mail.
“We’ve not changed everything. We have not managed to solve all the problems but we are doing our best to move things on the best we can. Thankfully, now we have got a club which is all aligned, all beginning to go in the right direction, everybody singing from the same hymn book and that is really helping us.
“We have a small recruitment department and that has to be addressed because that is not the situation at any other club. And we have to put that in place.
“We have to have a professional ethic about how we go about our business. We want everybody to know that the job is getting done to the best of our ability and we make decisions for the right reasons. And we need the supporters behind us and I want to try to help build a bridge so we become a more all-in-one football club.”