By Andrew Maddox

8th Jul, 2022 | 7:10pm

West Ham United boss David Moyes speaks on transfer pressure after tying up Flynn Downes

West Ham manager David Moyes has discussed the difficulties The Hammers are facing in the transfer market this summer.

The Hammers confirmed the signing of Flynn Downes on Thursday 7 July, adding to the earlier signings of Alphonse Areola and Nayef Aguerd.

Speaking to the club’s website, Moyes assured fans that the club are actively looking for more new additions, but it is currently a very difficult market for them.

“It’s a busy time and as everybody knows we’re trying very hard to add to the squad,” he said.

“We’ve been making offers for players, some have been accepted and some haven’t been.

“But that’s where the sort of little bit of pressure comes at this time of the year, trying to get those players in that you’d like to add to the squad.”

Where do West Ham need to improve?

The obvious answer for where West Ham need to strengthen is at striker.

Michail Antonio is the club’s only recognised striker right now, and the 32-year-old clearly cannot continue shouldering the responsibility on his own.

While he did finish as the club’s second-highest scorer last season, grabbing 10 goals, he regularly went on long dry spells in front of goal.

Last season saw him go on runs of eight and then 14 games without scoring a single goal, so he clearly needs help.

The issue is, as Moyes implied in his interview, is strikers are the most expensive and in-demand position in football.

One man West Ham have been heavily linked with is Chelsea striker Armando Broja, but TalkSport reported on Thursday afternoon (7 July) that he could be heading to Napoli.

Blackburn ace Ben Brereton Diaz is another who West Ham have been linked with, but The Independent reported back in June that Sevilla are still chasing the Chilean sensation.

It is very easy to sympathise with Moyes as they continue to hunt for worthwhile additions, but they do need to make those signings quickly.