West Ham United have switched to transfer Defcon one and three seems to be the magic number for David Moyes.
The fact West Ham were already down to the proverbial bare bones before the season kicked off with back-to-back defeats exposed just how much work needs to be done at the London Stadium in what remains of the summer transfer window.
Moyes had one centre-back and three goalkeepers in his squad for the losses against Man City and Forest.
West Ham need to sign several quality players and time is running out with just over two weeks left of the three-month summer window.
Under Moyes West Ham have had a much more considered, careful and strategic transfer and recruitment philosophy.
As West Ham fans know only too well, the Scot likes to do his due diligence on signings both as players and characters.
But while supporters have been impressed with the five signings the club has made, there is growing frustration at the failure to land long-linked targets and get deals done in time to really attack the season.
Moyes has made it clear he intends to be busy right up to deadline day. The Scot has told the press he needs and wants new signings with more quality and to bring more goals to his “stale” side.
When pressed about how many signings he would like ahead of the Forest defeat, Moyes refused to name the number.
“I have a number but I’m not going to say it,” was Moyes’ response in his latest presser when asked how many signings he needs.
Given the comings and goings so far this summer many feel at least four or five are still required if West Ham are to be competitive domestically and in Europe.
The lack of arrivals last week, given how short the Hammers are at the back and the speed at which rivals seem to be able to get deals done, has been cause for concern among fans.
West Ham switch to transfer Defcon one and three seems to be the magic number for David Moyes
And it appears that concern is shared within the upper echelons of the club too.
Because West Ham have switched to transfer Defcon one and three seems to be the magic number for Moyes.
Defence readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert state used by the US Armed Forces.
But West Ham are activating their very own defence readiness condition according to an insider speaking to Claret and Hugh.
“There are natural concerns behind the scenes as the injury and suspension problems arise and a key London Stadium source made the position on future signings as clear he was able,” Claret and Hugh states.
“He told CandH exclusively: “We have many bids in and are urgently trying to clinch some deals ahead of deadline day.”
West Ham badly need new signings at centre-back, left-back and attacking central midfield – in that order in terms of priority.
Ideally the Hammers could also do with another forward too.
But as the window drags on the chances of signing a quality attacker diminishes by the day. Those players are, by design, rarer.
And clubs tend not to sell their star attacking players when they have little to no time to replace them, unless of course they are desperate for cash.
All the talk at the moment centres around Moyes pushing hard to get a left-back and central defender through the door.
One would think attacking central midfield would be the next port of call.
And that may well be all West Ham have time and money for.
There seems to be really positive news on the centre-back front with PSG outcast Thilo Kehrer looking likely to become signing number six.
Chelsea left-back Emerson is said to be Moyes’ new left-back target.
And former West Ham target Hans Vanaken is back on the club’s radar to fill that midfield role (Evening Standard).
A late loan for a young forward from elsewhere may be the best Moyes can hope for.
But the Scot will be sorting his priority positions first knowing he has Gianluca Scamacca, Michail Antonio, Maxwel Cornet, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma as options in the forward areas.