By Saikat Mandal

11th Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

David Moyes could be forced to change his West Ham transfer strategy in January

West Ham boss David Moyes could be forced to change his transfer plans in January, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Hammers suffered a major blow this week after Angelo Ogbonna picked up a serious knee injury.

The 33-year-old defender has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and he could be out for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

There are fears that the Hammers defender could miss the rest of the season after he came off injured in the 3-2 win against Liverpool.

Should he require surgery, Ogbonna could be for 6-8 months.

West Ham are looking to sign a striker in January, but Moyes could be forced to spend their money elsewhere.

Major Jan plans ditched

Signing a striker is a priority for the Hammers. They simply cannot go an entire season with Michail Antonio being their only striker.

It has been widely reported that landing a striker has been Moyes’ top priority in the January window, but now, he could be forced to change his plans.

Following the injury to Ogbonna, West Ham are short in options at the moment. Craig Dawson and Issa Diop are options for the Hammers boss but with a run of 13 matches in 43 days on the horizon, doubts remain about the squad’s ability to cope if one or two more players get injured.

The Hammers can still manage the loss of Ogbonna, but they probably would struggle to cope without Declan Rice or Antonio.

It will be a huge setback for Moyes if he fails to execute his major transfer plan in January – that is signing a striker. By the look of it, he could be forced to ditch that plan.

West Ham will be boosted by Kretinsky’s investment, and we hope Moyes will be given the funds to sign a striker as well as a defender in January, even if it is on a short-term basis.

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