West Ham United’s owners have been hailed by David Moyes as his summer spend threatens to reach an unprecedented £175m.
The Hammers took their summer transfer outlay to around £123m with the arrival of seventh signing, Emerson Palmieri, from Chelsea this week.
This was always going to be a big summer for West Ham in the transfer market.
After a barren January window, Moyes always insisted he would rather keep the money to go big in the summer and get the players he wants.
It is clear to see David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold have been doing just that.
And there looks set to be more signings on the way for West Ham before the window closes next Thursday, September 1st.
Speaking in his pre-Viborg press conference, Moyes confirmed West Ham have bid for brilliant Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paqueta and much-reported target Hans Vanaken.
There is also talk of West Ham interest in the likes of Conor Gallagher and Ruslan Malinovskyi (Sky Sports).
Moyes has made it clear he is looking for an attacking midfielder and a more defensive minded central presence too.
Using that logic the Hammers could well make at least two more signings before the window closes.
Sky Sports claim West Ham have bid around £34m for Paqueta.
It is not clear whether Moyes wants Paqueta AND Vanaken and there have been suggestions that the sudden publicised interest in Lyon’s attacking star could be West Ham’s way of strong-arming Club Brugge to accept their new bid for Vanaken.
Should West Ham sign both they would need to commit to another £50m plus in transfer fees at the reported £34m and £17m valuations.
And West Ham United’s owners have now been hailed by Moyes as his summer spend threatens to reach an unprecedented £175m.
“Being a top 6 club, you need to attract top players,” Moyes said in his pre-Viborg presser (Football.London).
“Our owners have been brilliant. We got Gianluca (Scamacca), they’ve supported us all the way and still are.
“There are some players we can’t get as they don’t see us as a biggie. (It is a) difficulty trying to get players to step up.”
Even allowing for outgoings of Aji Alese and Issa Diop, the net spend would still be around £160m.
And that outstrips the near £90m net spend during the 2018 summer splurge under Manuel Pellegrini.