West Ham boss David Moyes is expected to be a very busy man during the January transfer window.
The additions of a top-class striker and an established centre-back seems like an absolute necessity for the Hammers this month.
We are particularly weak in the centre-back and centre-forwards positions at the moment.
Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season and Kurt Zouma isn’t expected back for another few weeks.
Meanwhile, Michail Antonio is the only recognised senior striker at the London Stadium. So it’s clear to see where David Moyes needs to strengthen during the January window.
We have already been linked with a plethora of players this window including the likes of Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski (The Sun) and Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz (The Daily Mail).
It seems as though those two players won’t be heading to the London Stadium anytime soon though…
West Ham boss Moyes double January window swoop unlikely
The Guardian’s West Ham journalist Jacob Steinberg claims that a move for the Hammers to sign Tarkowski from Burnley is growing increasingly unlikely with each day that passes.
And it is suggested that Brereton Diaz’s £25 million asking price is proving prohibitive.
To be fair, West Ham are right not to be bullied into paying massive fees for the Burnley and Blackburn players.
Tarkowski is 29 and will be available on a free transfer in the summer whilst Brereton Diaz has not proven himself at the highest level over a sustained period of time.
That’s not to say that Moyes doesn’t need to sign anybody this month. He absolutely does.
But it’s clearly time to move on from the Burnley centre-back and Blackburn striker. There are better and more cost effective options available out there for West Ham.
Moyes has to get his transfer business absolutely spot on during this January window. We have a real chance of making genuine progress over the next few years if the owners back the Scot to the hilt.
All we can hope for is that David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold are prepared to do exactly that.