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Boss confirms he wants a striker

Manager David Moyes has confirmed that the club are still trying to sign a striker in this transfer window.

The club have yet to add a new player to the squad in this window but have been searching high and low for both a defender and a striker.

Mikey Antonio has been forced to play pretty much every game when fit because of the lack of reinforcements in attack and Moyes admits that the club are doing what they can to bring in reinforcements up top.

However, he admits that it has been an ongoing search for two years, with the Irons struggling to find a player of the required calibre who can come in and both bolster the squad and improve the first-team.

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Speaking after Mikey drew a blank against Manchester United in the Hammers’ 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Moyes was asked about the prospect of signing a centre-forward.

Per Football.London, he told reporters: “In a perfect world, we would. We have been trying for two years to do that. It is not for the want of trying. It is trying to get in players who we think can help us. We will continue trying and keep looking.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Boss confirms he wants a striker

  1. Top 4 gone now, too late the planning to make signings quickly in the window was key. We have a recruitment team in place and I see absolutely no planning for this window, it could now potential cost us top 6, and cost us Declan Rice. Such a big opportunity and we have not taken it. Very disappointed in whoever is responsible, the failure has to lie with Newman and Moyes. Very critical again of Moyes today, the decision to replace Coufal with Fredericks also cost us. In general he has been very good with team selections this season but his decisions during the games have cost us or nearly cost us on a number of occasions this season. Today it cost us a point.

  2. This is getting a bit tired now. Sadly we don’t live in a “perfect world” so you are never going to get exactly what you want. A big part of really successful management is the art of compromise. You can’t expect to get a top drawer striker for the peanuts we seem to want to pay.
    The “untested at this level” holds no water either. Unless you buy from another prem club they never are. And you certainly won’t get a 20 goal a season striker for 2 Bob. Every signing is ultimately a punt.
    We’ve taken pints on Bowen 20M, Benrahma 20M and Vlasic 25M.
    Surely Ben Brereton Díaz even at 28.5M is worth a go?

  3. The two signings Moyes makes this week if he is true to his word will determine whether we stay in top 6. I just hope he buys the right players and his famed recruitment team have done their homework. Top 4 is gone as a result of our lack of preparation for the window.

  4. Agree with all the above; I just don’t get this ” we’ve been searching for a striker for 2 years, but there’s no one out there at the moment”….. How ridiculous to even say that – of course there are strikers out there, and that’s half the job, to id them & get them in. WHU are probably in the most attractive period we have ever been, in which to encourage decent strikers to sign for us, so why do we find it so tough; young, hungry strikers should be queuing up to sign for us, but we have to pay the market rate…!!

    We got burnt with Haller & Anderson, i reckon that haunts them a bit….but we have to id the reasons they failed, understand those reasons, and then go out and get the right type for us, not a punt but investment……

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