West Ham missing out on top targets to Premier League rivals

As West Ham struggle to find funds for the transfer window, it is becoming increasingly likely that they will miss out on top targets.

Targets such as Eberechi Eze, Matty Cash and Gonzalo Montiel have all been strongly linked to West Ham over the last few months. Since the transfer window has opened, however, the Hammers seem to be struggling for funds. This lack of funding has seen the club fall behind in negotiations.

Regarding Eze, West Ham should have been in a prime position to sign the QPR star. Rangers had striker Jordan Hugill on loan last season and want to keep him, this should have put West Ham in the driver’s seat. As the club has dithered in raising funds for the attacker, Crystal Palace has reportedly jumped in front of the Hammers and agreed a deal for Eze.

CARDIFF, WALES – OCTOBER 02: Gavin Whyte of Cardiff City vies for possession with Eberechi Eze of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 02, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Eze joining Palace would be a big blow for David Moyes’ summer transfer plans. Moyes is a big fan of the 22-year-old who contributed to 21 goals in 45 games last season in the Championship according to whoscored.com. The Scottish manager has been to watch Eze on multiple occasions and is one of his top targets to replace Felipe Anderson who is likely to leave the club during the window.

West Ham has also been wanting to invest in their full-back positions as that has clearly been the weakest position for the last couple of seasons. The two right-backs that have been linked with the Hammers, Montiel and Cash, have both been subject to bids from Premier League rivals.

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA – DECEMBER 13: Gonzalo Montiel of River Plate kicks the ball during the final of Copa Argentina 2019 between Central Cordoba and River Plate at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on December 13, 2019 in Mendoza, Argentina. (Photo by Alexis Lloret/Getty Images)

Leeds have bid for Montiel and Burnley are snooping around Nottingham Forest’s Cash. The Hammers could be losing Ryan Fredericks to Southampton and will be in desperate need for a new right-back should the Englishman leave. If West Ham does lose Fredericks and miss out on their targets they will be forced into either a panic buy. Even worse the club could be going into the season with only Ben Johnson as a recognised right-back in the squad.

Arguments that the club is in a position where they have to sell-to-buy will not help the already strained relations between fans and owners. This will certainly be tested more if the club does miss out on their targets to clubs that aren’t as rich as West Ham.

There needs to be a quick change in the Hammers transfer policy. Whether it is moving on players to raise funds or for the owners to invest in the playing staff for this window. Otherwise, West Ham will be heading into the new season weaker than a lot of their rivals.