David Moyes moves to cool anger among West Ham fans after failing to sign anyone in January and insists the window was quiet because ‘we are trying to attract some of the top players throughout Europe’
West Ham manager David Moyes has moved to appease angry Hammers fans after the January transfer window passed without any incomings at the London stadium.
Moyes has been doing a magnificent job at West Ham and has them fighting for the fourth and final Champions League spot, as well as competing in this season’s Europa League.
The anger among the West Ham supporters is palpable and fans have taken to Twitter claiming owners David Gold and David Sullivan are throwing away a golden chance to reach the Champions League.
David Moyes has moved to cool unhappy West Ham fans after a quiet January transfer window
West Ham were rebuffed in their move on deadline day to sign Benfica’s Darwin Nunez
West Ham were rebuffed in their deadline day move for £45m-rated Benfica striker Darwin Nunez while they tried to bring Jesse Lingard back on loan again. There were also failed bids for Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips at Leeds.
Speaking on Wednesday, Moyes launched a defence of the board and said: ‘It wasn’t for the want of trying, that’s for sure.
‘West Ham supporters can be reassured that we were really ambitious in what we were trying to do. We were really ambitious in trying to get good players and players who could help us and make a difference, but it just became pretty difficult in the end and we missed out on one or two late on.
‘I didn’t necessarily want to be in the situation where we were bringing players in just because we kept getting it said: ‘You need to buy a striker’. We’ve also got Jarrod Bowen and it would be very difficult to get a better back-up to Micky Antonio than Jarrod.
There has been ire directed at owners David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) from fans
Moyes explained West Ham were targeting elite players during the January tranfer window
‘We probably made three record transfer bids from the club in this January window and let’s be fair, January is never really a great time.
‘I also believe it’s probably been tougher because we’re looking at a much different level of player now and trying to attract some of the top players throughout Europe.
‘I want to make sure that the supporters at West Ham can trust that I’m trying to spend the money wisely and we’re trying to bring in good players but also, we don’t want to bring people in who I think are only here just to pad it up.
‘The idea in this job is to try and sign good players.’
West Ham return to action with the FA Cup fourth round against Kidderminster on Saturday before Premier League action resumes on Tuesday at home to Watford.