By Sam Stone

1st Sep, 2022 | 8:30am

Dharmesh Sheth: West Ham United not finished in the transfer window

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has suggested that West Ham United are not finished in the transfer market despite spending close to £180million this summer.

The Athletic revealed on Wednesday 31 August that the Hammers are close to signing Southampton defender Jan Bednarek as David Moyes looks to strengthen his defence.

However, Sheth has also suggested that their business is far from over as the deadline approaches on Thursday evening (1 September).

The Sky Sports journalist told GIVEMESPORT on Thursday 1 September: “David Moyes has the final say on these transfers, but he has been backed to the tune, now the Paqueta deal has gone through, of close to £180 million. They’ve never spent anywhere near that in a transfer window before.

“They’ve signed three players that form three of their top five transfers in their history.

“Lucas Paqueta is now their record signing, and they’re not done.

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“I still think they’re keeping their eyes open for other signings.”

Loan moves

After a busy summer and plenty of big transfer fees spent by the Hammers, it would not be a surprise to see the club delve into the loan market to polish off their transfer business.

The top six clubs are now aware of what they have to work with for the upcoming season and could now be inclined to sanction loan exits for some of their younger or fringe players that need game time.

Moyes’ squad looks nicely balanced at the moment and it’s hard to assess what position is the most pressing concern for the Scot at the moment.

A pacey striker could potentially be an option for West Ham to look into with Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio quite similar in the way they play.

Another central midfielder could also be an option for Moyes to target with Flynn Downes still adjusting to life in the Premier League.

Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice remain the Hammers’ two defensive-minded options in midfield, so another option could be looked into by Moyes.

However, it’s a good position for the club to be in heading into the final hours of the window with no pressing concerns that need to be rectified.

The final day of the window will see Moyes try and fine-tune his squad, rather than making any sweeping changes.