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Eze hopes fading

David Moyes hopes of signing Eberechi Eze from QPR took a blow yesterday when Crystal Palace made a move submitting a formal bid of £12m plus add-ons.

The initial bid was rejected by the West London club but Palace will come back with a second bid and an offer of between £15m and £16m plus add-ons is likely to swing it.

Slaven Bilic is also said to be keen and both it has been reported that both he and David Moyes have separately spoken to Eze’s representatives in the last few weeks.

Palace are due to off load Wilfred Zaha this summer who they value at £50m.

West Ham are said to be nervous spending money they don’t currently have and hope the sale of players like Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini will raise much-needed funds for David Moyes to bid for players like Eze but time is very much against them.

The market for Anderson and Lanzini is abroad and their massive six-figure weekly wages a stumbling block for many other leagues to afford.

With the exception of one offer from Celtic for Ajeti on loan, West Ham have not received any enquires or offers for any of their players to date.

Bookies make Palace the 4/5 odds on favourites to sign Eze with the Hammers second-favourites at 7/4.

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14 comments on “Eze hopes fading

  1. I think if you look at the players we are trying to offload, why would anyone pay any kind of fee for them, and then pay the stupid wages we have given them.
    Reid 80k, still 3 years to go.
    Lanzini 100k still 3 years to go
    Wilshire – Lol
    Masuaku- 4 year contract lol

    The list goes on and on.
    With the exception of Wilshire we are stuck with these wages for a long time or at least a high percentage.
    Overseas clubs have less money than the premier league so can’t see any fees being paid to us for bang average players on big contracts.
    Let’s not forget the pay off to the last manager & director of football plus numerous back room staff.
    How many millions can you waste in 5 years? Circ 200m!

  2. We have far too many underperforming players on ridiculous salaries and a board who don’t have a ground and poor training facilities due to lack of investment but won’t bridge the cost of this exciting player. Another year of fighting relegation beckons.

  3. There is not much time before pre-season, if we are not going to bid for players like Eze, Watkins, Robinson, Benrahma then it is imho basically the directors making a mug of their manager and his buy young hungry players philosophy.

  4. Am I the only one who looks at this player and thinks Meh…Grady looks just as good potentially.

  5. No money to buy players, loans are all we can get, we have to shift high earners out to get loans in. The later we leave it the poorer quality loan players will be available. This will be another frustrating transfer window I fear.

  6. About time the owners stood up and be counted instead of doing everything on the cheap . Yes money was spent but only from Sky cash and player sales . If we wait to get rid of the rubbish and wage bill we have been landed with we will be in the Championship . The club has been poorly run for years with a string of owners feathering their own nests and climbing the 100 richest league . Prospects are not looking good .

  7. If the money isn’t there then the money isn’t there. What baffles me is why any young player who is being touted as a potential future England star would want to go to a Palace team that, without Zaha, are surely relegation candidates.

    Certain people in the media tell us all who the manager wants, the silly fans get all hyped up over a player they barely know anything about and then throw their toys out of the pram when we don’t sign that player. You need to get a grip on yourselves West Ham fans. Eze isn’t going to be our saviour, neither is Benrahma or Watkins or anyone else. Let’s just see who comes in and who goes out and look forward to supporting the team, whoever is in it.

    • At last Saul , someone showing some common sense. Agree with all that. We have a shown we have the nucleus of a very good side lately. Let the manager get on building his team and let’s see where we are after a few games next season .

  8. We could get Anderson & Co to sell their houses and live (like the Leeds manager) over a sweetshop…

  9. For once just go and offer £20m and blow palace out the water, this lad is quality and in a few years Time will be worth triple that !! It shows a sign of intent to other potential signings too !!

  10. About the same money will probably get us Ollie Watkins, if Fulham win tonight. I know where my money would go.

  11. So how much would Hugill be worth to QPR ? He scored 15 goals for them and was injured a few times plus suspended.That could have been another 5 goals to his tally. Would think at the least He is worth 5,000 towards the Eze purchase.

  12. If we are committed to selling the big earners then we need properly scouted players to replace some of them. Recent track record of attacking support players stepping up from the championship to the premier league is good – will miss out if we don’t sign Eze.
    Would also be very disappointing to miss out when we expect sales later in the window and also think it’s bad footballing business to miss targets to rivals. Fear we will massively regret missing him as he would be a solid investment, Grady and Bowen would see us set up for years in those positions.

  13. I will try to get something published one more time.
    We are not going to have ANY money for transfers in this close season..
    Some time in the next three or four weeks the club is going to wake up and find we have had no concrete offers for any of the overpaid, underperforming players that we would like to be rid of.
    This is not the fault of David Moyes, who has been dealt an awful hand, but of previous managers and of the Board. Transfer Strategy has been non existent, scouting ineffectual and contract negotiations pathetic to the point of negligence.
    That’s a lot of chickens heading home to roost during a very short transfer window.

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