We've been trying to buy a striker for two years!

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 13th January 2022

David Moyes cut a slightly frustrated figure when asked why he had been unable to sign a striker to supplement the services of Michail Antonio.

The 31-year-old, who recently signed a two-year contract extension has been the club's only recognised number nine since Ajax's Sebastien Haller was allowed to leave the club for a bargain £25million.

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And according to Moyes, he appears no closer to finding the right player than he perhaps was when he began the search. "We've been trying probably to get someone who we think can give us competition for Mic for two years," he confessed.

"It's certainly not an easy thing to do, buying a centre forward. This club has probably brought in more centre forwards than anybody, many of them expensive, and it has been hard to get them to work.

"I want to bring players in, I want to add to the squad but I'm not going to do it for the sake of it. I'm not going to do it because the transfer window is pushed heavily by the media. Supporters want us to sign new players and when we get the chance, we'll do so.

"I'd rather not waste the club's money if I don't think there's someone out there, but I'm hoping to do business. I'd liked to have done it earlier but maybe, come the end of the window, there might be some news.

"I don't think there's been an awful lot of transfer activity out there at all [so far]. Maybe one or two clubs have done bits, but I am not seeing huge moves going on at this present time."

One player definitely not leaving the club however is third choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa. "I have no intention of letting Darren go," confirmd Moyes, who added, "we have had no offer.

"as far as I'm concerned, all we received was a loan [bid]. I can't see why I would ever let Darren go on loan. There's nothing more than that; that's the situation."

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