West Ham United look to have made an error not beating Fulham to the loan signing of Josh Maja.
West Ham reportedly held talks to sign Bordeaux striker Maja last month according to a report from L’Equipe.
The Hammers desperately needed a new centre-forward after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
Hammers ‘held talks’ with Maja in January window – L’Equipe
West Ham insider ExWHUemployee recently claimed that 22-year-old former Sunderland star Maja was an option for David Moyes.
And L’Equipe claimed the Hammers had held talks to bring the London-born forward back to England.
But Fulham snapped up Maja on loan while West Ham boss Moyes elected to keep the money for the summer to sign a striker HE wants.
That decision already looks grossly misjudged.
West Ham’s only senior striker Michail Antonio is an injury doubt yet again. And his supposed “back-up” Andriy Yarmolenko is now out with a knee injury for the foreseeable future too.
West Ham could live to regret not signing striker as Maja gets off to excellent start
Moyes, and more so the West Ham board – who failed to cough up the money needed to get any of their manager’s striker targets in the January window – may have jeopardised the club’s best season for 35 years.
Time will tell.
But Maja wasted little time proving his worth for Fulham – and ironically West Ham.
The striker scored a brace against Everton on his full debut as the Cottagers beat the Toffees 2-0.
The result was a boost for West Ham, who are competing with the likes of Everton for one of the European spots this season.
But how the Hammers could do with Maja himself. Or any striker for that matter.
Antonio injury doubts make Maja decision all the more baffling
Antonio faces a late fitness test before Monday night’s game against bottom club Sheffield United (ExWHUemployee).
If he doesn’t make it, Moyes will have to look to the likes of Jesse Lingard, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek for goals.
The Hammers boss has already gone on the record that he could look to use a false nine system like Manchester City.
Whether West Ham would have the same level of success as the league leaders remains to be seen.
West Ham fans will hope they don’t have to find out anytime soon.