Clubs outside the Premier League’s top six have struggled in a market hampered by the pandemic this summer, meaning business has been slow for many. Add to the mix that Moyes is (with good reason) finicky in the transfer market, and deals become harder to find.
David Moyes says he’s “desperate” to add a striker to Kurt Zouma’s signing before the transfer window closes, but warned West Ham fans there’s a good chance no one will other does not arrive.
The Scotsman has Michail Antonio as his only senior striker with days before 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 great.
Moyes said: “I’m really desperate to sign a striker, but from what we can get and what has been offered to us – at the moment I don’t quite get it.
“It’s either the cost is too high or they’re not available. Hope we find someone but I certainly don’t have any guarantees, that’s for sure.
“There’s a very good chance we won’t get a center-forward, a very good chance we won’t.
“It’s a fact and I’ve been saying it from the start. The quality of the center-forward was necessary to enter. So there’s a good chance we won’t get any, but we could try to find a way to get more goals in the squad from other positions like, like get Said [Benrahma] to get us goals and we have [Jarrod] Bow to those goals, get the goals already.
“They’re not really number nine, so we can look to see if we can do that from other areas as well. “
Moyes has been consistent in the line that he won’t sign a player to catch the numbers or waste money like the club have done in the past, whether in deals like Jordan Hugill or Sebastien Haller.
Having successfully transformed Antonio and Marko Arnautovic from wide to center-forward during his time in east London, Moyes is also looking to Jarrod Bowen for help.
Bowen impressed early in the season and, as revealed Standard sport, came close to winning a first call-up in England after being put on hold by Gareth Southgate this week.
“I actually think he played really well for us in games, I’m really happy with his performance,” Moyes said of the winger. “He had a race against Newcastle where his feet were dazzling and he didn’t quite get past the keeper. Times like this stick in people’s minds.
“I think where Jarrod is from, we’ve seen Pablo Fornals get called up, we see people around the club and have a lot more internationals than before. It is to their credit.
“They all stepped up; improve their game and compete at the top of the Premier League instead of the bottom, and they are known for that… the competition for the position we are talking about is so tough. The people we talk about in this role make it difficult for Gareth. “