West Ham United’s ever reliable insiders seem to have very different ideas on the club’s transfer budget for January.
David Moyes has transformed West Ham over the last few months.
The Scot is trying to build a young, athletic side full of hungry players that can make West Ham competitive over the long term.
There are signs that is already paying dividends given West Ham’s promising start to the season.
West Ham on the up under Moyes but still short in key areas of the squad
The Hammers already have a quality young core of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and – if he can rediscover his best form – Issa Diop.
There is no doubt it is a work in progress, though. West Ham are still short in several areas.
Moyes needs more quality and cover at left-back, in defensive midfield, up front and long-term in the goalkeeper position.
Moyes had £30m in his transfer kitty before the domestic window closed. £25m of that is committed to signing Benrahma if he passes a second medical at the end of his loan spell.
That would leave the Scot 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.
Insiders have very different ideas over West Ham’s January budget after £13m claims
But insiders ExWHUemployee and Claret & Hugh seem to have very different ideas about West Ham’s January budget.
Claret & Hugh, who have direct links to the owners, exclusively claimed last night that Moyes still wants Josh King and West Ham will go back in for him in January.
C&H claim West Ham are hoping to get King for £13m or less.
“David Moyes is understood to have made up his mind he wants the player if the clubs can agree a fee and the striker’s personal terms,” C&H claim.
“The Irons offered £13 million for King in the summer window which failed to get him out of Bournemouth.
“But with only six months left on his deal in January, the Irons are hoping they can get him for around that fee or even less.”
But fellow ITK ExWHUemployee says West Ham have very minimal cash to spend in January.
‘I don’t believe we’re going to have a big budget as per’
ExWHUemployee told The West Ham Way podcast, November 18th, Moyes will have minimal cash to spend.
“We have looked at a couple of players in MLS,” ExWHUemployee told The West Ham Way podcast, November 18th.
“That is kind of in the price range (£3.5m) if we were going to sign any players.
“Because I don’t believe we’re going to have a big budget in January as per.
“Mainly because they’re (the owners) already making the excuses that we’re still financially in a bit of trouble so if we are going to sign anyone, it will be that sort of fee.
“You’ll be able to tell in a few weeks whether that is actually the case whether it is someone we’ve just watched or actually want to sign.”
We don’t have to wait long until we will find out who is right.