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City’s bid for Paqueta tells us everything!

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The Moyes – Steidten dynamic..

Back in early July, when Tim Steidten was appointed the West Ham technical director, it was doubtful anyone could have predicted later possible friction between him and David Moyes.

The 44-year-old German arrived with a fine reputation for scouting young players with potential at both Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen.

The fans were told he would “be responsible for the club’s overarching player recruitment strategy and scouting department, working closely with [Moyes] and sporting director Mark Noble” from nowhere less than the official West Ham site.

With £105m of Declan Rice money burning a hole in the club’s r pockets, it was vital  it was spent wisely.

But nevertheless,  Steidten has found himself partnered with a man who, maybe unfairly, has gained a reputation for being something of a meat-and-potatoes manager with a preference for hearty British types.

But it was only yesterday when it became apparent who getting the upper hand, when news that Manchester City have set their covetous eye on West Ham’s other world-class midfielder Lucas Paquetá.

That was quickly followed by confirmation that the Irons have agreed deals in principle to sign Harry Maguire and James Ward-Prowse for combined transfer fees of £60m, more than half their Rice “winnings”.

Now that Manchester City’s interest in Paquetá is known and he also appears to be rather keen on the move, West Ham could soon find themselves yet another star player down,

OK it will be accompanied by the reassuring “beep-beep” noise of a sky-blue bin-lorry full of cash reversing into the London Stadium to pay for more replacements of course.

It is also clear that of all the players we have brought into the club over the past year it is world class creative force Paqueta who has caught the eye of the manager in the world. That kinda tells you everything!

With great spending power comes great responsibility, so I do hope the events of the last few weeks will have focussed the manager and technical director.

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