Journalist Alan Nixon claims that David Moyes will be recruiting some extra scouts this summer
Speaking on Twitter Nixon said “West Ham. Moyes wants to bring in a handful of new scouts for his transfer team. Short in that department.”
During Manual Pellegrini’s term as West Ham manager, the Hammers employed six full-time scouts including Pellegrini’s son Juan and the director of football’s son Mario Husillos Jr. A former mate of Husillos from Malaga, Juan Carlos Valdivia, was also employed as a scout as was another old mate of Pellegrini and Husillos, Claudio Carsi also arrived at West Ham scouting department.
The one scout who survived the Pellegrini era is Jordan Miles who has been credited with the recruitment of Tomas Soucek.
He is said to be supported by a number of scouts within the Academy and a number of freelance scouts.
Last year Sky Sports presenter Geoff Shreeves was forced to issue a lengthy apology on Sunday Supplement to West Ham and their co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan admitting they had spent £1.5m on scouts in the last 12 months.
David Moyes is known to be obsessive with his own due diligence spending up to ten hours a day on WyScout watching videos and analysing stats, he also attends as many games as he can in person.
He is unlikely to bring in a director of football just yet instead relying on his mate Alan Irvine in his new role as technical advisor and strengthening the video analysis and full-time scouting department to do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to scouting.