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Record Hammers offers get window thumbs down

CandH Exclusive by Hughie Southon

December 24, 2022 5.115 pm

West Ham’s chances of signing players in this window have today been described as “very low” by a key club insider.

ClaretandHugh has learned the Hammers have been making bids over the last 48 hours – one of which is sizeable – but clubs simply don’t want to sell in this window.

Our information is that bid have gone in which would have created new club records but they have all been turned down.

We have been given no names and positions but David Moyes made it clear at the weekend there were chances of a striker arriving. That no longer appears to be on the cards as is the case with a central defender.

However, our insider made it clear that the club would be continue to push for a deal on one player in particular and it’s a case of fingers crossed in the meantime.

However, we were told categorically that it now seems unlikely to happen and that any new arrivals are unlikely but not 100 per cent impossible.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

8 comments on “Record Hammers offers get window thumbs down

  1. Not god enough !

  2. ha ha always West Ham lame excuses as usual

  3. I am a business man and I simply cannot accept that we have had months to plan for this window, I cannot understand how Newman cannot come up with a list of players of the required standard who are available this month but what it looks like is that he has come up with a list full stop and not considered their availability. I fully understand not buying anyone who is not going to improve us. I just cannot accept how this inept planning can be accepted by the club. A huge mistake which will delay the CL dream for a minimum of one year and who knows perhaps 10 years if we cannot hold on to DR and our better players. It is just incredible.

    • I suspect quite a few potential players have been identified and enquiries made. Judging by the very limited activity across the Premier league so far the problem is mainly clubs do not want to sell. This is either because they need a player to meet their ambitions for rest of season or they do not want to sell to a competitor eg Man U and Lingard! Of course there are players clubs are only too happy to release just like us with Karmalenko for instance!

  4. This goes far deeper for me than just another failure. This shows that the Board do not give a damn for the Club. If they did they would bring in those who were of good standard and available. The hell with the inability of the Manager to make up his mind. If the truly cared they would go o over his head and buy a few good Squad Players, or the quality Players we do have will be injured and or burnt out. Let’s face it, Moyes would have changed his mind in a couple of weeks and wished he had signed a Player or two, because we has not got enough fit Players to play the games we have got to play.

  5. Why does the Transfer Window always appear to come as a surprise to West Ham? From the outside it appears that there is still no clear strategy with Moyes and Newman not seeming to be in tandem. This team is looking leggy and, if the Under 23s are not to be given responsibility then new players are vital, with a goalscorer essential. Thankfully we are not in a relegation fight but this is in danger of being a season of missed opportunities. I sincerely hope that we do sign some first team players before the window closes, but am already steeling myself for the bitter disappointment of We tried”.

  6. my thinking is if we dont do something now it might be to late to keep Rice and Bowen in the summer. we defo need to get that 4th spot or we lose both of them imho

  7. Share the negativity of others in this, other clubs are able to get deals done but for whatever reason with the exception of Soucek and Bowen we rarely seem to be able to get first team worthy players in. The work needs to start a lot earlier, just because the window doesn’t open until Jan 1st doesn’t mean the chairman can’t approach other clubs to agree deals in advance, we were hearing of deals agreed in December by City so whats the delay, if it’s Moyes he needs to submit his list of priority signings earlier or if it’s the chairmen they need to find ways to initiate the process earlier so that we can get deals finalised early. The reason we aren’t imho is price related, we aren’t paying enough above the market rate to make those deals happen and for players you see as first team ready or genuine first team players that will improve the squad, paying above market rate has value, for squad players by all means get them in at the last minute at knockdown prices, for players that will improve the team pay enough to make the deal happen without haggling.

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