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Moyes explains failure to sign big money centre-back

David Moyes has explained why West Ham did not bring in a big-money centre-back in the summer transfer window.

The club sold Grady Diangana to West Brom and there was, of course, a promise that the money would be reinvested into the squad.

It was widely expected that the money would be used to sign a centre-back but links with the likes of James Tarkowski and Duje Caleta-Car did not bear fruit.

Moyes has now explained that there were centre-backs who were targeted, and that bids were tabled, but there was an inability to get them over the line.

Craig Dawson ended up arriving on loan in the final week of the domestic transfer window.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Everybody knows our decision was that we wanted to bring in central defenders or defenders because we generally needed them.

“We didn’t quite get the centre-halves because we bid for some good ones. The Club did a brilliant job in trying to make offers for what I thought were really good centre-halves, but just couldn’t get them for different reasons.”

Moyes has also explained that the Hammers hadn’t expected to move Felipe Anderson on, and only decided to bid for Said Benrahma after the Brazilian’s departure.

He added: “Then, on Deadline Day we lost Felipe Anderson so that changed a bit of the balance of the squad. We didn’t expect to lose Felipe and it gave us a bit of an opening to decide if we wanted to go for somebody else. We decided to go for Saïd Benrahma and it came off.”

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About Dave Langton

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.

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