talkSPORT reporter says David Moyes 'vetoed' West Ham transfers in January
David Moyes was the main reason that West Ham did not make any signings during the transfer window, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Cross.
The Hammers boss was known to want signings and there was apparently not a financial barrier to making them, with Cross saying live on talkSPORT Tuesday (February 1, 11.30am): “I was told early in the window there is money for David Moyes to spend. He wanted a striker and a central defender.”
But of the mooted names he says Kalvin Phillips was “never a viable option”, nor was Darwin Nunez who is a “nightmare deal to get done” and would not have been possible on deadline day.
The reporter went on to say: “So the live options that were presented to him, he [Moyes] decided wouldn’t improve the West Ham squad.
“So ultimately David Moyes vetoed any new arrivals.”
Host Jim White clarified with the question: “The board would have been happy to spend money had Moyes identified targets?”
And Cross said: “That’s what I’ve been told, and I have no reason to doubt that information.”
Only himself to blame?
Fans are used to the dynamic of an eager manager being held back by those who sign the cheques during transfer windows so it is very surprising to hear that if anything it was the other way around at West Ham this time.
Both manager and board should be held responsible for failing to consolidate during January.
Wasting time on transfers that were never going to happen is a problem that should rest firmly at the door of those upstairs, but Moyes has not given himself a leg to stand on if he can’t drag his current squad back into the top four.
Cross made a point of focusing on the Scot’s history of placing a premium on players having the right character for the squad, and success in doing so.
But when the midway point of this season felt like such a make or break opportunity to push on, it must be a major dereliction of duty for Moyes not to have a list of targets ready to go.
It is a positive that he did not see fit to spend money for spending’s sake but he has given himself a big job for the second half of the season now.
The gap between intent and results through this transfer window does not tie up and can only go down as a collective failure of the decision makers at the London Stadium.