West Ham United look to have missed out on appointing new director of football.
SportBild reported last month that West Ham wanted to bring Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic to the club this summer as head of recruitment.
Hammers boss David Moyes has made it clear he intends to revamp West Ham’s recruitment structure.
West Ham wanted Bobic but look set to miss out
And he is currently untouchable at West Ham as he leads the club to what is shaping up to be their best season for 35 years.
It is unthinkable that West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold would appoint a DoF against the Scot’s wishes.
Therefore logic would suggest Moyes is in favour of such an appointment.
However it appears the man West Ham reportedly wanted is destined for elsewhere.
That’s according to journalist Nicolo Schira. The name will be familiar to West Ham fans as he is the reporter who first broke the news of the club’s record £45 million signing Sebastien Haller.
Hammers DoF target set to leave Eintracht Frankfurt for German rivals
Now Schira claims Bobic is set to move to Eintracht’s German rivals Hertha Berlin instead.
“Hertha BSC want Fredi Bobic as a new sports director,” Schira said on Twitter.
“Bobic and Eintracht Frankfurt have officially agreed to a parting of the ways.
“Now Eintracht are looking (at) Ralf Rangnick and Hendrik Almstadt (AC Milan) as a possible Bobic replacement.”
If West Ham do bring in a director of football it will be the first official appointment to a role of that kind since Mario Husillos.
Husillos understandably painted as a failure but made some good signings too
Husillos was brought in by Manuel Pellegrini in what is viewed as a largely failed experiment.
The Argentine was painted as a failure for his part in signing the likes of Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Roberto, Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller.
While the first three cost West Ham nothing, the latter two proved expensive flops totalling £75m. The Hammers recouped £20m of that by selling Haller to Ajax in January but look unlikely to find any takers for Anderson any time soon.
But it must also be remembered Husillos was partly responsible for some superb acquisitions.
The likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena were brought in on his watch and are key members of West Ham’s Champions League push.