Moyes rejected numerous names in winter window

Moyesiah fans are turning on their man

West Ham chairman David Sullivan is understood to be unhappy with the winter window negotiations in which David Moyes rejected numerous names put forward by the recruitment team.

Moyes rejected numerous names in winter window

The chief shareholder and technical director Tim Steidten were desperately keen to bring in a striker but Moyes was unhappy with the names put forward and finally decided to stick with what he’s got despite accepting he needed better writes Hughie Southon in this C and H exclusive.

It means of course that the best right sided player in the club. Jarrod Bowen, remains the number one striker. And with Lucas Paqueta injured, the No 20’s bid to fill the role successfully is being handicapped big time by lack of decent service out of midfield.

Various names were put forward for a front man but Chelsea’s Armando Braja was not among them as has been reported elsewhere with Claret and Hugh learning the club had been interested last year but not this time around.

Ibrahim Osman – who has since agreed terms with Brighton – was not fancied by Moyes but the technical director ran into trouble with the deal as he attempted to talk with two agents who each claimed to represent the player.

There was also a degree of tension when Moyes claimed publicly that he felt Steidten may have been struggling with the frantic last few days of the Premier League window having worked in a more organised German transfer market.

Numerous other names were suggested but the manager decided his priority signing should be Kalvin Phillips when the club was better off for players in that area of the field than anywhere else.

It all means that with the departure of  Kehrer, Fornals and Benrahma, Moyes is now down to a squad of 22 from 24.

Six of those – Fabianski, Cresswell, Coufal, Ogbonna, Antonio and Ings are now into their thirties and will need to be replaced in the next window.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Moyes rejected numerous names in winter window

  1. Well that is worrying. That confirms that Moyes needs to go as he is toxic for our club. If not Tim will go to another club I’m afraid

  2. We are now in a dangerous period with Moyes defiant stubbornness. Tim has moved to refresh our line up with superb young attacking talent, but Moyes final say is overriding. So results are now reflecting awful disjointed football. Moyes is more muddled, playing a right back at left wing whilst ignoring Cornet, his own signing. Playing Soucek regardless, then bringing on Cresswell when the game is gone . Young players? Not a hope of appearance. So now we could lose Tim, and Paqueta and Kudus, and our young talent, as a price of keeping Moyes!

  3. Posted this on another site, but it’s just as relevant here:

    With comments from Steidten and Moyes, the info being leaked about the goings on during the transfer window, and the influence of Brady, it’s pretty clear there is no simple fix here.

    – We have a Director of Football who’s not allowed to do the job because:

    1 – The manager doesn’t report to him but has parity
    2 – The owner doesn’t trust his judgement and wants to ‘get involved’ in picking players for acquisition

    – We have a manager who doesn’t fundamentally want to work with a Director of Football

    – We have an owner who wants to be Director of Football

    – We have a Chairwoman who has no footballing empathy and is pure business


    – The highest respected of the 4 (Steidten) in the business they operate in (Football) is courting attention from one of the biggest clubs in the world.
    – Our second rate manager continues to gain the backing of the chairwoman for largely non-footballing reasons.
    – Our Third rate chairman is unable to identify his own proclivities as a problem in the setup, so is unable to take the actions required to fix it and will always gravitate towards those that align with his preferences.

    Basically a massive cluster**** that simply can’t be fixed.

    The manager is a symptom as well as a problem. A potential cure to some aspects of it has been procured (Steidten) but isn’t being allowed to be effective, which leads us back to the individual at the top of the tree as the on-going root cause.

    While he’s here, nothing can be addressed effectively.


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