West Ham United are being backed to bring in a “superstar” defensive recruit before the January window closes with David Moyes confirming the club are working hard on new additions.
The Hammers are battling for a top-four finish after an excellent start to the season. Indeed, Moyes had enjoyed success with a range of signings.
Moyes thinks one of those – Jarrod Bowen – could get an England call-up if his form continues. Meanwhile, Czech Republic pair Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have proved effective signings. Said Benrahma has also proved another excellent coup for the Hammers.
Despite that, Moyes needs to add to his squad this month with West Ham looking to overcome Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham for a top-four finish.
Regarding new signings, Moyes confirmed he wants at least one player through the door.
“I would like to bring some news faces in if I could to add to the group of players I have got. But we will try and do it as well as we can,” the Scot said.
“At the moment the ones we are looking for or the ones we would like to get are either not available or we just can’t get. We will keep looking and see what we can get between now and the end of the window.
Hammers board supportive of Moyes
“I am really keen to add to it [the squad], the board are with me they want to add as well they are they’re very supportive.
“So it’s actually trying to identify the right players and bring in players who we would really like to bring here and go on the rest of the journey so we will keep looking and hopefully something will appear for us in the last couple of weeks.”
A number of names are reportedly on the Hammers’ shortlist. Indeed, the likes of Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Nikola Milenkovic of Fiorentina are two possible targets. PSG’s Abdou Diallo is another they are reportedly looking at.
Pundit backs David Moyes to sign ‘superstar’ defender
Moyes is being backed to bring the right player in and Noel Whelan believes Moyes will soon land a target.
“David Moyes is not going to rock the boat by bringing just anybody in,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He’s a manager that will not just go out there and fill a space for the sake of it. He knows himself it’s got to be the right person, the right player, the right character.
“That’s probably more important than talent at times, that you get the right character that blends well with the players.
“Moyes is one of these men that knows what he wants. He will make sure that he gets the right player that fits in well with the rest of the team on and off the field.
“I’m sure they’re working hard behind the scenes. You don’t want to be left bare in any position.
“They could sign a superstar and international player, players know they’re going to have to fight for their place. It’s called healthy competition.”