Exclusive by Dave Langton and Hughie Southon
David Moyes is awaiting the outcome of a board meeting to discover just how much money he can spend this summer as he plots a bid to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
And with nobody any longer in overall control – as was the case before Daniel Kretinsky’s arrival – all major decisions go to a vote.
The directors will discuss exactly how much the managerwill have this summer over at a meeting to be arranged based on the club’s expected budget.
That figure may go as high as in the region of £150 million and will allow Moyes to splash the cash on the targets he wants.
It will be based on a budget which includes Sky money, season ticket money, matchday income, and the ability to borrow.
Nunez emerged as a major target on deadline day when we missed out on at the last minute but the Hammers face serious competition from the likes of Manchester United, PSG, and Chelsea.
We have reported earlier one key insider as making it clear he is a player Moyes remains desperate to sign and that he won’t be put off by price. However, with numerous other players required in various position Moyes is involved in a balancing act.
But if the Irons are to sign Nunez they will need to move swiftly and get a bid in, as Benfica want a quick sale in the next transfer window.
Whilst Nunez is firmly understood to be the top target the Hammers have admitted to CandH that there are obviously others on Moyes mind.
However Nunez in all competitions, he has scored 31 goals this season already and is expected to cost in excess of £60m.
Moyes will be told the cash that is available and he will then be given free reign, along with Rob Newman, to identify the top targets and spend it as he wishes.