West Ham United’s search for a striker has been dealt a blow after the Hammers missed out on two deals the owners would have loved.
David Moyes is trying to sign a new forward after West Ham sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million last Friday.
West Ham tried to sign a striker in the summer window. An already acute need for a new forward has now become desperate.
Blow for Moyes as West Ham miss out on deals the owners would have loved
But Moyes admitted West Ham did not expect to be able to offload Haller and are underprepared in finding a replacement.
Quite how that can be the case is puzzling Hammers fans. It showed, though, after reported West Ham targets Luka Jovic (Caught Offside) and Moussa Dembele (RMC Sport) agreed moves elsewhere that would have suited David Sullivan and David Gold down to the ground.
West Ham’s preferred modus operandi when it comes to signings under Sullivan and Gold – particularly in the current climate – is on loan with an option to buy.
And overnight both Jovic and Dembele completed loan moves with options to buy.
Haller’s former striker partner returns to Frankfurt on loan
Jovic – who formed a deadly partnership with £45m Hammers flop Haller at Eintracht Frankfurt – has endured similar struggles since his own big money move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. The 23-year-old has made just eight starts in 18 months.
The move is expected to be announced today.
There was a double blow for Moyes with another of his supposed targets, Dembele, set to complete a similar move to Atletico Madrid.
Moyes misses out on Dembele loan with option too
Atletico boss Diego Simeone has confirmed the move, which is another loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.
The striker had told Lyon he wanted a new challenge. And that piqued West Ham’s interest, especially following the sale of Haller.
But according to Simeone the deal for Dembele will be completed soon.
“It’s very advanced,” the Atletico coach told reporters ahead of Tuesday night’s victory over Sevilla (Goal.com).
That has since been confirmed by Marca with Dembele in Madrid to complete his medical today.
It appears West Ham would have had to fork out around £29m at the end of any loan deal as that is the reported fee built into the deal taking Dembele to Spain on an initial loan.
Moyes does have other targets, though.