West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold revealed their expectations and plans for the next window last week.
And David Moyes’s plan to build a new-look West Ham side around young blood could not have come at a better time for the owners.
West Ham have been at pains to manage expectations about the next transfer window.
West Ham managing transfer window expectations?
The Hammers hierarchy appear to have been making noises that the club will be seriously impacted by the global health crisis.
The Premier League is aiming to be back in action behind closed doors by June 19th.
Project Restart has a number of hurdles to overcome yet. But it is expected West Ham’s battle for survival will resume by that date.
Owners lift lid on window expectations, two positions targeted – report
Last week a top level source inside West Ham – believed to be the owners themselves – told Claret & Hugh they expect the next window to open within 24 hours of the current season ending.
And West Ham will be aiming to sign a second striker as well as a left-back.
“The Hammers are keen to sign a second striker and a left back although at this stage no names are being leaked,” Claret & Hugh stated.
“ClaretandHugh was told by a very well placed source: ‘There’s no definite date but in all likelihood after the last game domestically. We won’t know for certain until we start’.”
Moyes has made it abundantly clear he wants to rip up West Ham’s scattergun approach to recruitment (whufc.com).
The Scot will be in charge no matter what division West Ham are in next season according to the owners (Claret & Hugh).
Moyes wants new era at West Ham
And he plans to bring in young, hungry players from the Championship, France or top teams where they are struggling for game time.
Moyes has already got four key pieces of his puzzle in place.
Declan Rice, Issa Diop, Jeremy Ngakia and Jarrod Bowen epitomise everything he wants his team to stand for.
He will try and add Tomas Soucek’s permanent signature to that list too.
West Ham are said to be looking to sell some big earners. The the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid and Ryan Fredericks could be sold to raise funds.
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is on the West Ham radar according to the likes of The Sun.
Rangers firebrand Alfredo Morelos has also been mentioned as a target. The Glasgow giants are reportedly willing to sell at a relatively low £20million.