With just hours remaining the in January transfer window, David Moyes needs some more reinforcements to pull West Ham out of the relegation battle they’re in. Here are three names that would make this window a smashing success.
Jarrod Bowen – Hull City, RW/SS
Firepower on high, Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen seems destined to move on deadline day with West Ham duking it out with Crystal Palace for his signature. The 23-year-old winger/secondary striker’s contract is up at the end of the season, but with a club option for an additional year, there is some flexibility in his current contract.
News today broke that Crystal Palace were nearing a deal with Hull for their standout star. A fee in the region of £16m was being discussed, but West Ham were immediately linked with a swoop for the attacker. ExWHUemployee confirmed that the club had officially bid for Bowen, with his desired wages on a new deal rising to the region of £60,000.
Bowen would provide the perfect cover at striker and right-midfield/winger for the Hammers, bringing with him a 2019/20 goal scoring record of 16 goals in 29 league matches this year. He’s a pacey player with the ability to get balls on net, which the Hammers desperately need. His agent, Will Salthouse, is one of David Sullivan’s trusted agents which could help facilitate a deadline deal.
Joakim Maehle – Genk, RB/RWB
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Arguably the biggest area of need for West Ham is right-back with injury-prone Ryan Fredericks on the shelf and retiree Pablo Zabaleta proving he’s well past his prime with recent showings. Joakim Maehle is the everyday starter for Genk who sit sixth in the Jupiler Pro League table this season, and at just 22-years of age could take a massive step forward into the spotlight with a move to the Premier League.
His age makes him attractive, as Moyes wants to keep recruitment focused on young sub-25-year-old players. His position reinforces his need at the club, and he likely wouldn’t be an expensive option with Transfermarkt.com valuing the player at €9m.
The cover is needed, regardless of Jeremy Ngakia‘s performance against Liverpool, and to pull the trigger and get it over the line Sullivan will need to drop the use of loan offers with a view or obligation to buy. The player is young, attacking-minded, fits the system, and isn’t crazy expensive. Open the wallet and help save YOUR own team.
Ronaldo Vieira – Sampdoria, CM
Cover for now and an investment for the future, Ronaldo Vieira isn’t the ideal player to come into the team and make an instant impact, but he is a prospect who has shown he can hang in an elite league in Serie A. The Bissau/English midfielder has just 21-years-old and can grow into a position in the team, while also contributing to the team in the now.
A positive with this move is checking the box of adding a homegrown player. As well, there have been no other teams linked to Vieira in the media as of now, giving the Hammers a leg up on negotiations.
Vieira’s transition from a box-to-box midfielder at Leeds to a defensive midfielder at Sampdoria has, reportedly, encouraged his mental development as a player seeing him focus more on reading the game and using his developing intuition over just plain physicality. Purchased from Leeds in 2018 for just £6.2m, Vieira has developed and aged with the Italian team but would be a potential bargain buy for now and the future.