Moyes won't rule out last minute deals

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 31st January 2023

David Moyes hinted that he is still working on one or two deals as we enter the final day of the winter transfer window.

Clubs have until 11pm on Tuesday night to register players before the transfer window closes until July.

And even though it has been suggested that West Ham are unlikely to do any further business, having only signed young prospect Luizao and Danny Ings from Aston Villa so far, the boss revealed that there may yet be fresh faces at the club within the next 48 hours.

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When asked if West Ham fans could expect any deadline day deals, in the wake of the 2-0 FA Cup fourth round win at Derby, Moyes responded: Maybe, I couldn't be sure though.

"I don't want to get anybody too excited by that. I’m just not completely ruling it out because I don’t want you to say I’ve said something and then I change my mind. I'm just generally saying that there’s a chance, yes."

And when pushed as to which specific positions he is interested in boosting, Moyes replied: "Well, I wouldn’t be telling you if that was the case, because you would only start speculating."

However he suggested that unlike in previous transfer windows, the club were unlikely to pursue any temporary loan deals - as things stand. "I would prefer to go with what I’ve got [that sign players on loan]," he said.

"Bringing in loan players, while it’s got its ups and its downs, quite often there’s a bigger story to talk about if it doesn’t work as you’ve got another player who is maybe not quite settled. Ideally, we will go with what we’ve got but I’ll make a decision probably tomorrow to see if we have to do something quite quickly or last minute."

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Moyes also indicated that he feels comfortable with the players at his disposal, despite having lost defenders Craig Dawson and Harrison Ashby in recent days. "The only thing we've got a problem with is we’ve got a couple of injuries," he insisted.

"We’ve got an injury to Danny Ings, who we bought in and we’ve got an injury to Kurt Zouma. If both of those players were fit and firing, then I don’t think I would’ve needed anybody because we’ve added a centre-forward to it, but we’ve just got ourselves a little bit short with Kurt and Danny Ings picking up injuries.

"We believe they’re not too serious, so don’t think they are long term injuries - but again, I’ve not got the crystal ball to tell you they’re coming back, that they’re going to be fine and that they’re not going to break down again.

"It’s a real difficult decision, but we spent all of our money in the summer so we’ve not got lots of money to spend in this window, that’s for sure, and we’ve turned around 12 or 15 million on Danny Ings."

Meanwhile the boss also denied reports that Michail Antonio could leave the club within the next 24 hours. "Money talks in football everywhere but at the moment, no, I’d say there's no chance of that," Moyes added.

"Let’s be fair, there’s probably prices for every player around the country but at the moment, I don’t think there’s any price we are interested in taking for Mick. I’d probably say no to that."

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