Moyes locked in tug of war

West Ham-David Moyes has a decision to make following injury news

Moyes locked in tug of war

David Moyes is locked in a tug-of-war with Manchester City for England midfielder Kalvin Phillips. West Ham are pushing hard to secure a loan deal before the weekend, whilst publicly declaring he is one of many they are targeting.

Moyes locked in tug of war

The path to claret and blue isn’t paved with easy crosses. City’s £7 million loan fee and Phillips’ hefty wages (140k per week !) are a problem. West Ham are negotiating a compromise, but face stiff competition from Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham, and even Italian giants Juventus.

The allure of regular playing time could tip the scales in West Ham’s favour. Phillips, a fringe figure at City, hasn’t started a Premier League game this season and desperately needs minutes to secure his place in England’s Euro squad. Moyes, who tried to lure Phillips from Leeds in 2022, offers him a potential escape route and a return to the spotlight.

This transfer saga is a delicate dance of financial realities, club ambitions, and personal aspirations. Can West Ham find the financial sweet spot to unlock Phillips’ potential? Will the midfielder prioritise playing time over monetary rewards? And can Moyes rekindle the fire that once made Phillips a midfield maestro?

The answers, like a perfectly weighted through ball, will be revealed soon. One thing’s for sure, if West Ham pull off this ambitious loan deal, it could be a masterstroke that propels us towards a successful end to the season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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1 comment

  • lokfaen says:

    The money vs playing time wont be relevant as he is under contract with City and will get his agreed salary either way. The question is what % of the wage we will pay, and what City will pay

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