West Ham United’s five-point January transfer plan…David Moyes has a lot of work to do next month if we are to remain competitive during the second half of the season.
The Hammers have made a fine start to our 2021/22 campaign.
We’ve experienced somewhat of a wobble over the past six weeks though. Five points from our last six games has seen us fall out of the top four.
It’s not all bad news though. We are still sitting in fifth spot in the table and have a Europa League last 16 tie in March to look forward to.
In order to compete on all fronts though, Moyes must bolster his ranks at the London Stadium next month. The Scot should be looking to move a couple on as well.
West Ham United’s five-point January transfer plan
As long as the Hammers board are prepared to back Moyes, the second half of this season should be an extremely fruitful one.
Here are five key things that Moyes has to get done before January 31st…
Sign a striker
This should be Moyes’s first and most important priority.
We have been linked with plenty of centre-forwards since Sebastien Haller left for Ajax in January. The most exciting of all the names to have been linked with West Ham is Jonathan David (Calcio Mercato). Whether the Hammers can make that one happen though remains to be seen.
Sign a centre-back
Following the serious injuries sustained by Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, Moyes quite simply must act in the transfer market.
Nat Phillips (Evening Standard), Nathan Ake (Eurosport) and James Tarkowski (Claret and Hugh) are all on West Ham’s radar. Whichever one Moyes chooses doesn’t really matter – they’re all very decent options. The Hammers just need to bring in one of them if we are to push on after the new year.
Sign Jesse Lingard
The 29-year-old Manchester United ace was sensational for West Ham during a loan spell at the London Stadium last season. He made such a huge difference to our attacking play and we have really missed him this season.
Bringing Jesse back to East London would give everyone such a huge lift in January and with his contract running down at Old Trafford, there is every chance that we should be able to make this one happen.
Sign a left-back
Aaron Cresswell is currently out injured and it seems as though he still might be out for quite some time. Arthur Masuaku quite simply isn’t good enough to cover for the 32-year-old. Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bring in a top-class left-back at some point over the next 12 months. January might just be too soon though with so many other priorities that need to be handled first.
Sell Yarmolenko, Fredericks, Randolph
The three players mentioned above are all on borrowed time at the London Stadium.
Yarmo and Fredericks are out of contract with West Ham in the summer of 2022 whilst Randolph’s deal finishes a year later.
Moyes should be looking to move all three on for any kind of fee he can. They all play in positions were we are fairly well covered, so squad depth is no reason to keep any of them.
If Moyes manages to get two or three of those five points done in January we will be doing just fine. All five would be a miracle, but we can live in hope.
Should he only get one (or none at all!) done though, then the second half of the season could be really difficult for West Ham.