David Moyes was tonight (Tues) in the Craven Cottage stands to watch Fulham beat Leeds United 2-0 as he ran the rule over three potential summer signings.
The Hammers boss is known to be particularly keen on Fulham’s Tom Cairney, full back Ryan Fredericks and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who was on the score sheet with a 63rd minute goal – his 13th at all levels this season.
Mitrovic may well have been Moyes’ prime target this evening given the West Ham boss was at Serbia’s 2-0 win over Nigeria in the international break watching the Newcastle loanee score twice at Barnet’s Hive Stadium..
The 23 year old has been in stunning form for Fulham and Moyes and will have been pleased with what he saw tonight.
However, the win over Leeds served to lift Fulham into third place in the Championship just five points behind second placed Cardiff City.
And should the Londoners gain promotion that will make Moyes’ hopes of landing his targets tougher than he would have hoped.
Really mitrovic cm on surely we can do better than that he is awful IMO
After the massive win on the weekend its good to actually think about the positives and get excited about transfers again with safety looking likely. It’s no secret that significant investment is needed in terms of quality and depth. The money the board have made the last two seasons should easily provide us with a comfortable 80m. Whether we get that is highly unlikely, but they are extremely naive for our premier safety not to do so.
A goalkeeper – level dependent on remaining budget as Adrian is good enough for this team. Maybe one of the burnley keepers.
A commanding leader, injury free centre back – Lascelles 20-25m
A reliable defensive midfielder who can fill in centre half if required – Dendoncker 20-25m
A playmaker who is well rounded in defence and attack – Wilshere free (he might come to us if we show ambition with a couple of signings who knows)
A creative and skillful attacking player – 25m – I don’t have in specific in mind maybe Boufal from Soton I think he has potential. Also depends upon Mario’s form and negotiations.
A premier league level striker capable of playing by himself and good competition – Austin
15m if Soton relegated
Total: 85m (excluding keeper)
Kouyate – 12m
Chica (not willing to sit on bench realistically) – 15m
Carroll – 12m (difficult to find suitors)
Fernandes (loan for game time)
Snodgrass – 12m
Lot’s saved in wages + 51m in transfers.
RICE (Reid) LASCELLES (Dendocker) OGBONNA (Cresswell)
ANTONIO (Zabaleta) DENDONCKER (Obiang) WILSHERE (Noble) MASUAKU (Cresswell)
BOUFAL/MARIO (Quina/Haksbanavoic) LANZINI (Arnautovic)
ARNAUTOVIC (Austin, Hugill)
Whatever happens , whtid ; we definitely need to invest at least 60 million . There are some decent players on your list to look at + plus the possible selling of a few . Would keep Sweet Pea & Carroll though . Moyes is very determined looking doing the rounds . He is a very experienced manager and knows what he wants ,, it’s up to the board to back him .
I would keep Hernandez too, but realistically he’s not going to be content with 20 mins here and there. As for Carroll, the bloke is thieving a living and is one dimensional in a game that has evolved. But you’re right massive investment is needed.
Dont agree we should get rid of Kouyate or Fernandes, both played a massive part in the win Saturday.
I would keep Fernandes however, I feel we’ve impeded his development with a lack of game time. I think a season with a top championship side will be beneficial for the long-term. As for Kouyate, one decent performance isn’t enough. His lack of positional sense is criminal to our shape when he presses naively and his technical ability is woeful and we need far better.