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Why Moyes is focused on priority target

West Ham are preparing a third bid for Burnley’s James Tarkowski which could hit the £30 million mark.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche has made it clear that at a club like his every player has his price and the Irons will do all they can to test his resolve on the player.

David Moyes – whilst seeing right back as his problem position – sees him as a must have player as he is  aware that the 27 year old can play in that position as well as defensive midfield.

The Hammers are remaining very quiet on their other possible targets as they bid to plug the gaps in their unbalanced squad which remains top heavy on wingers.

However, unless there is a breakthrough on the Tarkowski deal it now seems impossible that there will be any new arrivals in the team for the opening game against Newcastle United on Saturday.

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Whilst he will be attempting to add a left back before the end of the window his major issue is at right back where either Ryan Fredericks or young Ben Johnson are seen as the answer.

A Hammers source told us: “There’s been much talk of why the manager is not making right back his priority and it may be because Trakowski can  play that role or that he is considering three at the back.”

 

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7 comments on “Why Moyes is focused on priority target

  1. Clyne who has left Liverpool must be a cheap RB option on a free, must be better than what we have.
    He was only being kept out by a brilliant RB in front of him.
    Unless he wants a stupid contract, but think he would jump at chance if we do a year with an option of another 2 if it works out.
    Sounds like I know what I’m talking about, LOL.
    Just an idea.

    • Most other clubs have done or almost done their signings..WHU are in disarray I’m sorry to say… and no new signings other than Soucek and are still at odds with the payments for Sebastian Haller..sick to death of it…even Newcastle who were under a possible take over and sell out have signed Three yes Three in the last 10 days or so WHU nothing

      • I know it’s so bad its unreal….laughing stock of the premier once again….they got to go asap…will be a lovely atmosphere once we are allowed in the stadium again…

  2. For a manager that likes to get his business done early, he is being forced to conduct it at the 11th hour. Although there may be plenty of the transfer window left, it has to be of more benefit to get any new players in early rather than much later, where the bedding in these players will be a much longer process. Moyes is probably as scared as the rest of us with the great escape is still fresh in his mind.
    Moyes is a man that likes and probably needs to keep people informed of what he’s doing and his immediate plans….. his silence and scarcity right now speaks volumes to most of us at this point in time.

  3. Sorry, Dave, but it’s a bad idea – we’ve already signed enough 29/30 year old injury prone players in the last 5 years and ‘quick fixes’ just won’t do anymore. We end up stuck with them for years and on high wages. Clyne had his day about 3/4 years ago.

    It’s unbelievable how Sheffield Utd have just signed two highly rated England Under 21 wing backs for £11m. The fact that so many teams are quickly getting in players shows that our problem is in the set up of our scouting and transfer hierarchy. We seriously need to put in place a proper system whereby scouts, working with a DoF (or Moyes) identify, target, scout and sign players who we want much quicker than we’re going now. This idea that we just let agents (a la Salthouse) approach Sullivan is just crazy in today’s game!

    Let’s hope we can get a Moyes signing in asap (not a Sullivan signing), to lift some of the doom and gloom

    • Totally agree with this on both counts.

      We don’t want Clyne and we do want a proper scouting network/policy!

      Lots of people mentioning how other clubs have signed this player and that player but those clubs were doing nothing when we snapped up Bowen & Soucek so it is swings and roundabouts a lot of the time. As usual with football fans, very short memories.

  4. How many windows have followed the same pattern now?
    1) top target identified.
    2) announcement made that top target will be signed in next 2 weeks.
    3) player has a release clause of say £50M
    4) we bid considerably less than the release clause over and over again, never seeming to understand what a release clause is.
    5) deal doesn’t happen.
    6) last minute alternative brought in on the cheap/loan.

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