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Moyes’ delivers depressing New Year message

David Moyes has dropped one of the least inspiring New Year’s messages of ever top the fans: West Ham want to spend but might not be able to!

The Hammers are preparing for the January transfer window and as CandH has repeatedly reported  there simply isn’t a list for the club to work from with Moyes yet to make his mind up, as is tradition it seems!

And today he has now confirmed  the club are nowhere near close to bringing in new signings despite the desire to land  both a striker and a central defender.

He admits that he certainly wants to add to the squad but  says it may not happen.

With the Irons looking to qualify for the Champions League, it does nothing for confidence when the manager is being this cautious when it comes to his updates.

Speaking before this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace, as per Football.London, he said, when asked if the club will bring new signings in: “I’d love to say yes. Do we want to act? Yes we do. Are we ready to act? Probably not. That is not to do with resources but it’s to do with availability, generally it looks like a difficult market.

“We say that every year but it feels that way. All I would say is that our last few January windows have seen us get Soucek, Bowen and Jesse Lingard so if I could get anybody that would give us that level of success during the January window it would be seen as a positive.”

And he has also confirmed that there is a desire to sign a player, but that he won’t be available until the summer, so the Hammers will have to wait.

He added: “I’ve got a player in mind who we would like but the club said they wouldn’t sell in January so you’ve got to wait until the summer. That is why I see a bit more of that in this window than I’ve seen before.”

Maybe he is simply in the business of lowering expectations but let’s be fair, it’s all pretty depressing

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6 comments on “Moyes’ delivers depressing New Year message

  1. Let’s be realistic, if the players Moyes wants aren’t available in January then they aren’t available and we would do better to wait until the summer rather than take a punt on someone who might not be good enough. I believe Moyes likes to lower expectations though because he has done this in past January windows and then plucked out some our best ever signings such as Bowen Souchek and Lingard. So I wouldn’t be too depressed. I wouldn’t be surprised if Moyes pulls another one out the hat.

  2. Maybe smoking mirrors?? Its his style . However we have to reflect on a fantastic 20/21season and to date a wonderful 21/22 season . Other than key player injuries my glass is more than half full.


  3. Am guessing that the player is Tarkowski rather than Lingard, it’s the worrying lack of striker targets that is getting me, he has had well over a year to identify players and to say that there are not any available is rubbish, it means he hasn’t been looking hard enough to identify a priority need, the same could be said of left backs. He is responsible for overhauling the scouting department so if we don’t have players lined up exactly what are Newman et all doing ?

  4. Agree sounds more like Tarkowski than Lingard. Surely DM has been told how much dosh is available or are we only looking at freebies and loans? Could be true there’s not a lot out there atm but it’s only day1 of the window. To finish the season with what we have means we are waving goodbye to it.

  5. Only allowed 2 loan players at any one time and we already have Areola and Kral.

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