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West Ham have astute January transfer plans as reports suggest David Moyes could sign four players for less than £6million
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West Ham have astute January transfer plans as reports suggest David Moyes could sign four players for less than £6million

Speculation is gathering pace over West Ham United’s transfer targets for the January window and David Moyes looks to have some astute plans in place.

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Moyes has really turned West Ham around since football returns after the first lockdown.

And the Scot is determined to continue building a new-look West Ham side around young, athletic, hungry players.

West Ham already have a quality young core of Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and – providing he can rediscover his best form – Issa Diop.

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Hammers are still short of quality in depth in key areas ahead of the January transfer window

That’s not to mention emerging academy talents such as Ben Johnson, Aji Alese, Jamal Baptiste and Conor Coventry.

But the Hammers are still short in some key areas.

Consistent transfer rumours of late suggest the Scot wants to stick to the Red Bull blueprint he has taken inspiration from (Daily Mail).

West Ham tried but failed to properly address weaknesses in the squad during the summer window.

The Hammers are short at left-back, defensive midfield and up front. And beyond this season they must also look to the future when it comes to centre-backs and the goalkeeper situation.

There are less than six weeks to go until the January window opens. So Moyes does not have to wait long to address any areas of concern.

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Moyes has small transfer kitty and reports suggest he will use it wisely

There has been no change to the financial outlook for Premier League clubs given the global health crisis.

Money was an issue for West Ham in the last window. So that is unlikely to have changed.

Moyes had around £30m of his transfer kitty left over, but most of that is committed to signing Benrahma – as long as he passes a second medical at the end of his season-long loan.

Having paid a large loan fee – which is deducted from the transfer fee if and when the move is made permanent – West Ham must pay Brentford an initial £20m for Benrahma with another £5m in add-ons should various clauses be met over time.

That leaves Moyes with around £5-6m to play with in January, if no extra funds are to be forthcoming from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

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Four signings in Red Bull blueprint for minimal outlay

And reports are intensifying that West Ham are looking to sign four players in January for a combined £5.5m.

Speculation has been rife that a deal is on the cards for promising Danish centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen (90Min).

He was recently pictured at the Stratford hotel near the London Stadium and will sign as one for the near future for around £1.2m if West Ham can get the deal over the line with his club Silkeborg.

Fresh speculation is also linking Read Madrid striker Mariano Diaz with a loan move to east London (The Daily Mail).

West Ham have already contacted Madrid about taking the 27-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season.

It is suggested that the Los Blancos ace is one of Moyes’s priority signings and is keen on the move (Daily Mail).

In an attempt to address the left-back issue, The Daily Mail claims Moyes also wants German Kai Wagner from MLS side Philadelphia Reunion in a deal with £3.5m.

“He runs down his contract, and he has every right to do that, which is not ideal for us; we try to recoup some value for the player in the January window”

Chris Wilder, Sheffield United manager

And the midfield problem could be solved with a bargain £500,000 move for Sheffield United star John Lundstram.

The powerful, box-to-box Blades midfield ace signed his first pro contract under Moyes at Everton.

His contract is up in the summer. And Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has admitted defeat in trying to persuade Lundstram to stay (Sky Sports).

West Ham have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old (Sky Sports). And speculation suggests he could be picked up in January for as little as £500k.

What an astute window that could turn out to be.

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