West Ham are already in talks with the agents of two prime David Moyes January targets claims insider with links to the boardroom.
If the last month or so has taught Moyes anything it is that his current West Ham squad simply is not thick enough to sustain a top four push.
West Ham have fallen off a cliff since the November international break, winning just one of their last six Premier League games.
The Hammers have lost first choice central defensive partnership Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to long term injuries.
And the decision not to sign another striker in the summer has been brutally exposed as a poor decision with Michail Antonio struggling badly.
Left-back is also an area where West Ham are particularly weak too as highlighted by Aaron Cresswell’s recent absence.
As reported yesterday, Man United boss Ralf Rangnick has allegedly named his price for Jesse Lingard with the Moyes favourite set to be one of the first players out of the Old Trafford exit door next month.
A defender is top priority too.
And according to insiders Claret and Hugh, West Ham have already started talks with the agents of the manager’s two prime targets Nat Phillips and James Tarkowski.
West Ham already in talks with agents of two prime David Moyes January targets claims insider
“It’s known that he (Moyes) is keen on Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Burnley’s James Tarkowski and we understand that talks are continuing with agents,” Claret and Hugh claim.
“However, the meeting (of the board regarding January transfer business) will need to be held before bids can be made for anybody as all board members will be needed to make a decision on how much the club is prepared to pay.”
Claret and Hugh are right, West Ham’s new board structure since the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky means any outlay over £2million must be ratified by all the Hammers hierarchy.
Both Phillips and Tarkowski are said to be keen on a move to West Ham.
It is encouraging to hear that talks are already underway.
Too often West Ham leave things until the last knockings of the transfer window.
Whether the agent talks will facilitate West Ham getting deals done early on, though, remains to be seen.