West Ham are refusing to play Russian roulette over a £33m transfer deal according to an inside source and it’s bad new for David Moyes.
According to a report this week, there could be some awkward conversations brewing between West Ham’s owners and their manager going into the January transfer window.
After spending £170m on eight signings in the summer many might have expected the winter window to be quiet at West Ham.
While it is a notoriously bad window in which to do business, the Hammers may now have little choice but to get involved with the club just two places and one point off the relegation zone as we approach the halfway stage of the season.
According to club sources there are question marks over whether Moyes will be trusted by the owners with worthwhile sums in the transfer market off the back of some questionable transfer decisions and outlays in recent windows.
One of those is of course Nikola Vlasic.
The Croatian failed to establish himself at West Ham under Moyes last season following a move from CSKA Moscow which could have reportedly cost the Hammers as much as £33m and a minimum of £26m.
And he was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Torino this summer with the Italian club also having the option to make the move permanent.
Many West Ham fans felt Vlasic was not given a fair crack of the whip in his preferred central number 10 role.
And the 25-year-old’s performances in that very role on loan at Torino are giving credence to that theory.
West Ham refusing to play Russian roulette over £33m transfer deal claims inside source and it’s bad new for David Moyes
It has been a hugely positive loan spell in Italy thus far for Vlasic. So much so Torino and Milan are said to want to sign him on a permanent basis.
Moyes’ decision to let Vlasic leave has also been questioned with West Ham seriously struggling to create and score goals having managed just 12 all season – the joint second worst in the top flight.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there were reports that West Ham may not have to pay the remainder of what they owed CSKA for Vlasic.
Back in September one of the Russian club’s directors revealed they were awaiting a £7m payment from West Ham for the transfer but that the Hammers had used a FIFA option to avoid it.
But West Ham are refusing to play Russian roulette over the £33m transfer deal according to an inside source and it’s bad new for Moyes.
A West Ham source has told Claret and Hugh that West Ham are not writing Moyes’ big Vlasic mistake off because they believe they will eventually have to pay up in full.
They state it will result in a £15m loss for the Hammers given the knockdown fee pre-agreed with Torino to make the playmaker’s move permanent.
And that can only hurt Moyes’ chances of being backed with decent funds in the forthcoming window.
“We have to pay to full transfer fee but Government restrictions against the Russians don’t allow us to at the moment,” a key West Ham source told Claret and Hugh.
“Obviously a point will come when we have to, so whichever way it works out we are going to make a heavy loss on the player.”