West Ham set for a ‘seismic summer’ according to reporter as a club insider makes a new Daniel Kretinsky transfer cash claim.
West Ham still have plenty to play for this season – starting with the big Europa League quarter-final tie against Lyon.
But it will not be long until attentions turn to one of the most important summer transfer windows of West Ham’s modern history.
This summer West Ham face a real crossroads as a club if they want to continue the brilliant progression of the last two years under David Moyes.
The Hammers have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of Moyes’s plans.
Expectations are high following the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as West Ham’s second biggest stakeholder.
Especially after the disappointment of the January window when Moyes vowed he would rather ‘save his money and go big’ in the summer to get the players he actually wants.
A host of quality signings are needed in key areas such as up front, central defence and at left-back before the Hammers even begin to address the big turnover that is on the horizon.
On the face of it, West Ham will require at least six new signings and could need as many as 10 players in what Moyes himself has stated will be a big rebuild this summer (The Evening Standard).
In a recent interview with Alan Shearer for The Athletic Moyes also made his feelings perfectly clear to the West Ham owners that he must be backed his summer.
Signing so many players in one window – as we have seen with some of the prices quoted in January – will not come cheap for the Hammers.
And given the club’s failure to get deals done for the players Moyes wants in January, some supporters are understandably sceptical of the true ambition of Kretinsky, David Sullivan and David Gold.
But there was exciting news on that front from two separate sources last night.
Because West Ham are set for a ‘seismic summer’ according to an Evening Standard reporter and a Hammers insider has made a new Daniel Kretinsky transfer cash claim too.
“With the Hammers gearing up for a seismic summer, it is by no means a certainty that (Declan) Rice will leave,” The Evening Standard’s West Ham reporter Jack Rosser stated last night.
Meanwhile a West Ham insider has told Claret and Hugh that the owners are ‘ready to splash the cash this summer’ with Kretinsky helping to front big bids.
“The owners are very much aware that new arrivals will be needed at the back, in midfield and up front and that the summer of 2022 represents a major rebuilding project,” Claret and Hugh state.
“The club will be funding new signings from the Sky money plus any extra they receive in positional bonus payments.
“New board member Daniel Kretinsky has remained very quiet since joining the board but we understand any cash above £100 million required for new players could be supplied via one of his companies at a more competitive interest rate than provided by the High Street banks.”
Moyes has earned the right to be backed to get the players he wants.
Sometimes that is easier said than done when going after top quality players.
But let’s hope the Hammers can make great strides.
However as always the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.