By Graeme Hanna

24th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

West Ham United move on David Moyes decision with Joao Palhinha and Harvey Barnes transfer raid on cards

West Ham United are said to be moving toward retaining David Moyes as manager with a double signing planned, in the form of Fulham’s Joao Palhinha and Harvey Barnes of Leicester City, according to a report from the Guardian.

Against significant uncertainty, the Scotsman has led the club to Premier League safety following a disappointing domestic campaign but that has been overshadowed by the march to the Europa Conference League final in Prague.

Club chiefs are reportedly about to reward Moyes for his leadership by extending his contract at the London Stadium after they decided to keep faith in him during the season in what proved to be a shrewd decision.

The Guardian report by Jacob Steinberg crucially states that a consensus has not yet been reached on the manager’s position and that dialogue will take place after the showpiece European final.

“Sources close to the board have been left with the impression that West Ham, who will qualify for the Europa League if they beat Fiorentina in the Conference League final on 7 June, will not be looking for a new manager this summer,” he said.

“Checks have previously been made on Paulo Fonseca, Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter, Marco Silva, and Ange Postecoglou as potential replacements for Moyes.

“West Ham have not made a final decision and there will only be full clarity once they have held talks with Moyes at the end of the season.”

The right call

Moyes deserves the chance to push on, regardless if the Hammers win or lose in Prague.

It is right that he should be rewarded with an extension to his deal, especially if he leads the club to its first major trophy since the FA Cup success in 1980, in the date with destiny on 07 June in the Czech capital.

Retaining the former Everton and Manchester United boss would allow for important continuity at the club, rather than the uncertainty of a new direction which could experience a difficult start to the new campaign.

Moyes is a great contender for the job right now, for obvious reasons, so there is no need to part ways at this point.

Of course, there will need to be progress made in the Premier League but the feeling at the club at present, in the dressing room and the stands, points to an upward curve.