Report: Moyes/Henry differences caused window problems


By David Langton

David Moyes and the disgraced Tony Henry are reported to have had totally different ideas over the club’s transfer policy in the final days of the January transfer window.

French newspaper L’Equipe,  claim that Lille attempted to sell Ibrahim Amadou to the Hammers for €20m in January, even asking Willie McKay, an agent with connections to the London club, to broker the deal.

However, that deal never went ahead, and the conspiracy theorists are sure to have a field day with the fact that Amadou is Cameroonian.

Of course, transfer chief Henry was sacked over an email he sent claiming the club did not want to sign any more African players – a claim the board has strenuously denied.

Amadou emerged as a target in the final days of the window, with Henry sending the explosive email on January 27.

It was reported in the Mirror as reading: “We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough. I sent Thomas to watch him and the other lad last week and he said no. If Palace take them good luck.”

Belgian newspaper HLN report that only David Moyes had doubts over the transfer and dithered, causing the transfer to collapse. Henry meanwhile was said to be particularly keen on Leander Dendoncker at Anderlecht;

West Ham ended the window signing Joao Mario from Inter Milan on loan.

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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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