West Ham ‘desperate’ for striker but Moyes downplays transfer chances


avid Moyes says he is “desperate” to add a striker to the signing of Kurt Zouma before the transfer window closes, but has warned West Ham fans that there is a good chance nobody else will arrive.

Clubs outside of the Premier League’s top six have struggled in a market hampered by the pandemic this summer, meaning business has proved slow for many. Add into the mix that Moyes is (with good reason) meticulous in the transfer market, and deals become harder to come by.

The Scot has Michail Antonio as his only senior striker with days to go until the window closes, and is keen to move for cover and competition. There was interest in Tammy Abraham before he sealed a move to AS Roma, but the fees involved were too large.

Moyes said: “I’m really desperate to sign a forward but from what we can get, and what we’ve been offered – at the moment I’m not quite getting it.

“It’s either the cost is too much, or they’re not available. I hope we find someone but I certainly haven’t got any guarantees that’s for sure.

“There’s a really good chance we don’t sign a centre-forward, a really good chance we don’t get one.

“That’s a fact and I’ve been saying that all along. The quality of the centre forwards required to come in. So there’s a good chance we don’t get one but we might try and find a way of getting more goals in the team from other positions like, like get Said [Benrahma] to get us goals and we’ve got [Jarrod] Bowen to those goals already get the goals.

“They’re not out-and-out number nines so we may look to see if we can do that as well from, from other areas.”

Moyes has been consistent in the line that he will not sign a player to make up the numbers or waste money as the club have done in the past, either in deals for the likes of Jordan Hugill or Sebastien Haller.

Having successfully transformed Antonio and also Marko Arnautovic from wide players to centre forwards during his time in east London, Moyes is also looking to the likes of Jarrod Bowen to provide assistance.

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