A row between David Moyes and the owners has been blamed for a double West Ham transfer failure by a journalist.
After a promising couple of weeks recently, West Ham’s transfer window has hit a brick wall of late.
It has been a week to forget for Moyes on and off the pitch.
The increasingly agitated Scot lost his new £30m defender Nayef Aguerd to what looks a serious ankle injury in a dismal 3-1 defeat to Rangers.
After the game Moyes, usually very reserved when discussing anything relating to transfers, issued an ultimatum to West Ham owners David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold.
The latest blow to Moyes’ plans saw longstanding target Jesse Lingard join Nottingham Forest.
Word had been pumped out in West Ham circles that Lingard had turned down an offer of around £150k per week with the Hammers to take £200k per week at Forest.
But those claims were blown completely out of the water last night by several well connected sources who state he is on a base salary of £80k rising to £121k at Forest.
West Ham had made a renewed push for Lingard after a move for Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma collapsed earlier in the window.
The Daily Mail and a West Ham insider speaking to Claret and Hugh claimed Moyes pulled the plug on a move for Danjuma after deciding he wasn’t the best fit for the Hammers.
The West Ham board allegedly pushed hard to convince Moyes to sign Danjuma (The Express).
But he stood his ground and went for Lingard.
Now that row between Moyes and owners has been blamed for the double West Ham transfer failure by a journalist.
Daily Express football writer Ryan Taylor says the disagreement has resulted in West Ham missing out on both players.
“Thought Jesse Lingard return to West Ham made perfect sense,” Taylor said on Twitter.
“His penetrative runs into box and space vacated by Michail Antonio would produce big numbers.
“David Moyes, who wants more recruits, made big push.
“Board wanted to sign Arnaut Danjuma, could now end up with neither.”
Now West Ham appear to have turned to 124-goal Napoli and Mexico star Hirving Lozano as the new alternative.
Let’s just hope that is a player Moyes and the board agree on because the Hammers have serious work to do to salvage this transfer window.
With an unprecedentedly jam-packed start to the season getting underway in two weeks, that work needs to happen sooner rather than later.