West Ham United boss David Moyes may have to choose one of two transfer targets in the January window.
West Ham have made their best start to a season for five years.
The Hammers sit fifth in the table after three wins on the bounce. And they could go third with victory over Manchester United this weekend.
Brilliant start but patchy squad yet to be truly tested
But – for a change – West Ham have not suffered many injuries so far this season.
As a result Moyes’s squad has not been exposed despite a lack of depth in key positions.
West Ham desperately needed another central midfielder as they only have ageing Mark Noble beyond Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
And up front Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller are Moyes’s only options. Antonio is injury prone while Haller continues to divide opinion.
Realistically West Ham also need a new left-back so they can play a 442 and remain strong defensively. But Aaron Cresswell has rediscovered his best form. And he showed he can revert back to that position against Aston Villa albeit without getting forward as much.
Sullivan and Gold may make Moyes choose between King or Diawara in January claims insider
Longer term a new centre-back and goalkeeper must also be recruited too.
Ahead of the January window it is unclear how much money – if any – West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold will give Moyes to spend.
Now West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to Sullivan and Gold – have claimed the duo may make Moyes choose between striker target Josh King or £18-rated defensive midfield target Amadou Diawara.
West Ham would try to pay either in instalments.
According to Calciomercato, Serie A side Roma are preparing to sell Diawara and have already lined up a replacement.
West Ham tried to sign King in the summer. And Claret & Hugh claimed previously that he is the manager’s priority target.
‘It could come down to choice… and instalments’
“He (Diawara) has been slipping down the Roma pecking order and with the Hammers looking for defensive midfield cover there may be something in this one,” C&H claim.
“Unless the Irons could work out an agreeable instalment payments plan with Roma the deal is not going to happen with the club so strapped for cash as things stand with the pandemic still hitting revenue streams into the club.
“It could come down to a choice – assuming the interest is real – between the midfielder and striker Josh King who we understand to be a priority target for David Moyes in the next window.”