According to Express, West Ham manager David Moyes has identified his top targets for the winter transfer window as he looks to add quality depth to his squad going forward.
Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll, Jose Fonte, Michail Antonio, Winston Reid, Andre Ayew and Edimilson Fernandes are all out injured, making the Hammers thin in every department, and the Scot tactician wants the east Londoners to go after either Stoke City’s Joe Allen or Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey.
As opposed to Portuguese duo – Inter Milan’s Joao Mario and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, the ex-Liverpool midfielders have Premier League experience and will slot right into the team once a move is secured.
A midfielder is top of Moyes’ plans for this window, but he ruled out any switch for the aforementioned Portugal internationals, claiming: “One was meant to be a loan and the other would have been a transfer which I don’t think will happen now because Sporting are top of the League.
“So that would be a no as far as I am concerned.”
Of the type of players he wants, Moyes revealed: “I don’t want it to be a lucky dip. I don’t want to be taking just anything for the sake of it. Look, we’re short, and I would like to get the injured players back.
“But even when they are all back we are still short, definitely. If you look at the size of the squad we are down by probably two players.
“If we can pick something up we really want in the next week or two we will try to do something.”
Allen and Shelvey have both played important roles for their respective clubs this term, and with relegation battle ongoing for their sides, it remains to be seen if West Ham have a chance.