By Jonty Banks

15th Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

David Moyes in World Cup scouting trip for West Ham United transfers

West Ham manager David Moyes is set to travel to the World Cup on a scouting mission as he looks to bring fresh faces to the London Stadium in January, according to Knees Up Mother Brown.

The 59-year-old’s position at the club has come under increased scrutiny following three straight defeats in the league and a disappointing defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup.

After spending in excess of £165million in the summer transfer window, Moyes is again expected to dip into the market as he looks to add strength in depth to his struggling Hammers side.

According to KUMB, the Scot will use the World Cup as an opportunity to watch and assess West Ham’s primary targets.

The report said: “The under-pressure Hammers boss is set to visit Qatar on a scouting mission while the Premier League is undergoing a temporary hiatus.

“Moyes, who introduced eight new players to his squad during the summer transfer window is considering bringing in more new faces during the January transfer window and will use the enforced break to check up on potential targets.”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Strength in depth

Considering how much West Ham invested in their squad over the summer the fans and board would have expected far greater results on the field, with the side sitting just a point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Goals have been the single biggest issue for The Hammers having only netted 12 times in the league, with marquee summer signing Gianluca Scamacca only scoring twice in 13 appearances this season.

A striker could well be on the agenda for Moyes’ scouting mission in Qatar but midfield reinforcements will also be of note, with his side a Declan Rice injury away from disaster in the middle of the park.

One more area which Moyes will surely strengthen will be at right-back, as current full-back Vladimir Coufal gets closer to moving away from London to Bayer Leverkusen.

With Thilo Kehrer and Ben Johnson both preferred to Coufal even though both are natural centre-backs, a Premier League-ready right-back will be top of Moyes’ Christmas wish list.