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Moyes has a King-sized laugh

West Ham appear to dodge a bullet when David Moyes refused to sign Josh King in the summer transfer window.

At one point Bournemouth wanted £15m for their strikers with King himself reported to be looking for a mega six-figure weekly pay deal to join the Hammers.

Moyes passed on the offer deciding instead to invest £4m in Jesse Lingard made up of a  £1.5m loan fee and £2.5m in wages

King was forced to settle for a loan deal with Everton but now looks unlikely to extend his stay after failing to impress.

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He has yet to score or make a start at the club and reports are that manager Carlo Ancelotti will allow him to move on agreeing  a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend it.

The 29-year-old Norway attacker was signed initially as cover for Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin but so far has come off the bench eight times.. He’s also without b an assist.

Moyes got a lot of grief from supporters when he signed Lingard instead of a striker like King but he got the last laugh.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

8 comments on “Moyes has a King-sized laugh

  1. I am not sure how close you are to this but it is common knowledge Moyes wanted to sign him, he wanted him instead of Benrahma. I don’t think he is having the last laugh, I think he is a very relieved man. The real worry I have is that he wanted King over Benrahma. I am not sure many West Ham sees the funny side of that.

  2. King vs Benrahma.
    Not too many full games and no goals.
    Which one am I talking about?
    One costs nothing, one costs £25m.
    And Moyes has dodged a bullet?

  3. What has lingard loan for to do with a possible Josh King purchase. Completely different position and transfer. Looks like we did not dodge a bigger bullet and bought Benrahma instead for a stupid amount of money.

  4. A few people saying Moyes dodged a bullet but how can King be judged after a run of games as a substitute in a team that he only recently joined? We talk about players needing time at new clubs but for some reason King has to have scored some goals immediately to prove Moyes dodged a bullet.

    If he got a run of 5-10 games as a starter, THEN people might have a case for judging him but lets be honest, with the strikers Everton have, unless one of them is injured for a period of time, that isn’t going to happen.

    I still think, as a free signing, he is an adequate back-up for Mikey

  5. If King had been with us I suspect he would have been a different player to the one on the bench at Everton because of the culture Moyes has created. Imho Ancelotti is another like Pellegrini and Slav he expects the players to put their shift in rather than making sure that they do, it works in the short term or if you have enough hungry players but long term it’s no good, when you look at most of the Everton players they are not as hungry as ours, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are hungry but players like Sigurdsson, Allan, Doucoure, Bernard, Rodriguez, Gomes. Iwobi, etc I am not seeing the same hunger or ambition from them. A lot of them seem content to sit back with 7/10 performances imho rather than stretching towards 10/10 we are on the right track with Moyes and he should keep buying players that are hungry to do well and keep em focused on getting better each game.

  6. Totally agree. Glad Moyes didn’t bite and go for king. Instead Everton were taken hook line and sinker. Lingard was the far better option as has been proved.

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