Avid Moyes has revealed West Ham started to move in January’s transfer widow.
The Hammers are keen to add a forward and a defender this month and, according to Moyes, have already made a number of offers for the players and the board backs his attempts to add to the squad.
It’s been almost a year since Sebastien Haller was sold to Dutch side Ajax, leaving Michail Antonio as the club’s only senior striker, meaning Moyes had very limited options when the 31-year-old struggled for fitness or fitness.
A season-ending ACL injury to Angelo Ogbonna also forced the Scot to revise his January plans and seek a centre-back to maintain West Ham’s remarkable Champions League push.
Moyes had hoped to bring Jesse Lingard back from Manchester United on a permanent basis after his stellar loan spell last season, although the England international would prefer to terminate his contract at Old Trafford and move on as a free agent this summer. Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz is tracked, while Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips has been considered.
Moyes has had a fine record in the transfer window since returning to east London, but signings have often arrived in the final days of the window.
“I think sometimes you need things to come, [they] take a bit of time to come to fruition,” Moyes said.
“We ask about players and other clubs who are trying to get them ask about players and it takes a bit of time for things, the domino effect to really happen.
“We’ve made offers behind the scenes for players, we’ve tried to look at situations, so it’s not like we’re not doing that at the moment.
“You just need to look around football and see that there aren’t a lot of deals going on at the moment. The general feeling is that it’s a bit more difficult for some reason. I hopefully we can achieve something.”
Given West Ham’s rise to the Premier League top four and the success of signings such as Lingard and Kurt Zouma, Moyes believes the Hammers are now an attractive prospect for potential signings.
He said: “I think West Ham are an attractive club, a London club, we are certainly more attractive now than we have been in a long time and the job is to maintain that and try to add to it.
“I’m really looking forward to adding to it, the board are with me, they want to add also that they’re very supportive. So it’s really about identifying good players and bringing in players that we would really like to bring here and continue the rest of the journey so that we continue to search and hope that something will appear for us in the last two weeks.