By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Jan, 2022 | 6:00am

David Sullivan insists he is not forcing Moyes to sign Origi for West Ham

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has told Claret and Hugh that he is not forcing David Moyes to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

Reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee claimed on the West Ham Way Patreon that the chairmen have always been keen on the Belgium international, but that Moyes has had his reservations.

Sullivan has now responded to the claims, insisting they are far from the truth.

The Irons chief told C and H: “This is simply not true.

“I’m appalled by misinformation being given as fact.”

Fair enough

Sullivan admitted on talkSPORT in September 2020 that he “bullied” former manager Manuel Pellegrini into signing Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski, and while Rob Newman has since been brought in as Head of Recruitment, it appears the Hammers chief still has eyes on a player he wants.

It is only normal for him not to deny or confirm that he is meddling with transfers, and as someone who has invested so much in the club, wanting to see a particular player signed is not a crime.

It will be interesting to see which striker West Ham end up signing, but whether Origi can provide Michail Antonio with the type of quality cover and competition the Jamaican hitman needs remains to be seen.

The Irons cannot afford to rely on just one primary striker going forward this season, and they need to bring another one before the January transfer window shuts.

They need to get that particular decision right as the choice of who they end up with could make or mar their top-four chances, and Sullivan and the other board members need to back Moyes once he submits his winter transfer targets.

In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.

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