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Big challenges for Moyes and board this summer

West Ham will be desperate to see departures from the club this summer as they look to raise £50 million to buy two key players.

It’s well known that Felipe Anderson and Manu Lanzini are at the top of that list with Andriy Yarmolenko an obvious candidate for the exit door.

And with the prices being quoted by clubs for players there will need to be a big climb down by selling outfits to see prediction of a flat post covid market become reality.

Manchester United are reported to want £20 million for ‘must have’ midfielder Jesse Lingard whilst Blackburn Rovers apparently want £5 million more than that for striker Adam Armstrong.

Ideally, we would probably require a second striker give Mikey Antonio hits his 31st birthday on the 28th of this month with the hamstrings still seen as an issue.

It’s very hard to see how Anderson will raise more that £20 million given his dreadful loan spell in Portugal.

And Lanzini’s value is probably closer to £15 million with Yarmolenko less than £10 million given his injury record.

David Moyes’ record of find top quality cut price players will be tested to the limits, as will be the board’s resources, but with Europe on our agenda or not, additions to the squad will be essential to the current squad.

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20 comments on “Big challenges for Moyes and board this summer

  1. I hope you’re right about those sale values Hugh but I can’t see us getting any more than 5m for Lanzini, no more than 10m for Felipe and maybe about 7m for Yarmolenko..

    Can’t see any club spending big money on these players as none of them have performed consistently or even earned a place in our starting 11 side for a long while.

  2. I though the Haller money was in the pot already l. £20 m for Anderson is wishful thinking IMO. Looking more like a one season wonder, plays football with no passion.

      • Hugh, IF you recall, we were commited to buying benrahma 5 months BEFORE we sold Haller.

        That doesnt fly.

        • Confusing! We bought him around 8 months before we were due from that money otherwise it would have been end of season as planned. I would assume the money for SB was always gonna come from a sale – committed to buy or otherwise

          • You have stated that there was money available on transfer deadline day of £20mill by the owners. Where is that money?

    • Just getting the 3 of them off wage bill would help. Get what we can, in some ways the bigger issue as far as moyes is concerned is getting them out of the dressing room (FA & AY)…dont have the spirit the rest of the squad has

  3. ERM, plus the haller money sitting in the bank? Our memories are not that short.

    ”Ideally, we would probably require a second striker give Mikey Antonio hits his 31st birthday on the 28th of this month with the hamstrings still seen as an issue.”

    Ideally? it would be suicide not too!

    How many times have wet ham followed up a great season by ‘going cheap’ the next and wach it blow up in our faces?

    I wont hold my breath

    • I think the fact that it’s reported by the Financial Times we are in the worst recession for 300 years may carry some responsibility. I don’t share your pessimism given what’s going on right now but fair enough

  4. But I thought there was already 30 million saved from the winter window so that and a summer budget of 30 million should be a good start plus player sales or is it all lies from the board again

  5. I agree that Antonio needs cover, but also just as important, support in the style of Lingard. Lingard impressed me so much in that he arrived seemingly fully fit, even though Manchester United had not given him playing time. We must stump up the £20 million for him, before buy anyone else. Moyes has always seemed happy that goals can come from anywhere, and to be honest we have defenders and midfield scoring more than outright forwards this year. In the U23 development squad we have a plethora of good midfielders who only need playing time to shine. If we do make the Europa League, then we shall need a big squad of experienced players, and what better than keep blooding the youngsters, some of whom are out on loan and gaining experience. Some of our forwards are not regular scorers (i.e. Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals) but keep getting picked because they work so hard and defend when necessary. Remember Wilshere walking back uninterested when we lost the ball? Moyes needs our support as he changes the seemingly 30 year period of lazy players. Our supporting coaches are all tough guys, and anyone coming through from the youngsters know they have to work hard just to get in the side. Long may it be this way. Yes a couple of signings are needed, but I am in agreement with you that we do not need to spend a fortune. Just keep developing the youngsters and team spirit, and the way we have played this season.

  6. A recession should bring low prices then too.

    What I don’t want to see is this used as a reason to not push on then see all our rivals spending at the same time.

    We need at least one out and out striker in the squad

    • Well it wouldn’t be a reason simply a fact Che. In January a total of 70m was spent across 19 clubs. A recession brings nothing but little money. Problem is everybody appears to see this as a WHUFC thing as fans. It’s not. It’s a massive recession affecting all

  7. Firstly I would be shocked if we have not at least 25m in the transfer kitty at the moment (we released 11 players last summer bringing in 47m in sales and saving in the region of 500,000 a week in salary) without sales. Yes we completed the signing of Coufal and Benrahma but their salaries are negated by Anderson and Reid’s loans. Secondly I think it is critical we sign at least 3 top players this summer and 4 if Fab leaves to continue momentum and also keep DR. We need a top CB and probably two top attacking players. We will also need cover in CM. I would have no problem selling players like Yarmo, Anderson, Fredericks ,Reid, and if we are not going to play him, sadly Lanzini.who will bring in the biggest fee. I would also release players lie Martin, Noble and we could also lose Balbeuna. This summer is critical and I believe with the current financial state of clubs, I see it as a great opportunity to exploit this.

  8. Agreement with some other comments here. It is more satisfying for all people running the football team if they can build a side to reflect their efforts and ideas. Really good and competent players need not cost the earth. Awesome Dawson. Michail Antonio. Jarrod Bowen. Vlad Coufal. Declan Rice. Tommy Soucek. Winston Reid. This listing could be expanded. OK, they are not all Lionel Messi. But even Barcelona only have one of those. Don’t panic. Don’t lose sleep. Trust our direction at the moment. On the other hand, be very afraid if Avram Grant is to be consulted!

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