West Ham’s new manager David Moyes needs to hit the ground running during his second stint at the London Stadium as the Hammers look to avoid relegation to the Championship. The Scotsman will be hoping he’s backed in the January transfer window with recruits potentially available to bolster his squad ahead of what’s set to be a tough second half of the season.
West Ham sit precariously above the Premier League relegation zone, with just a point separating them in 17th from 18th-place Aston Villa, after Saturday’s home defeat to Leicester cost Manuel Pellegrini his job.
Improvement is required if they are to pull away from danger in the second half of the campaign and then proper themselves up the table.
West Ham have the top-flight’s joint-fifth worst defensive record this term having conceded 32 goals in 20 games, while their lack of potency in attack has been problematic too.
Express Sport are on hand to pick out three players West Ham should sign to give Moyes the best possible chance of guiding the Hammers to safety.
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Olivier Giroud – Chelsea
The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard appears willing to let the player leave in January.
This could be because the Blues can now sign players following the successful appeal of their two-window transfer ban.
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West Ham need a striker as they have only managed to score 21 goals in 19 Premier League matches and the World Cup winner could provide the experienced striker the team needs.
Giroud is wanted by several clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan as well as French sides Olympique Lyonnais and his former club Bordeaux.
However, moving to West Ham would not only mean the striker would remain in London, but they can also offer him the prospect of considerable guaranteed minutes this season, which is something he isn’t likely to get if he moves to Turin or the San Siro.
And while Giroud might have only scored one goal in seven appearances for Chelsea this campaign, he does has a proven track record of scoring if he playing regularly.
Last season he scored 13 goals and provided 10 assists in 45 appearances for Chelsea and also finished the season with the Europa League Golden Boot.
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Morgan Sanson – Marseille
West Ham were interested in the 25-year-old last summer and could once again open talks with Marseille over a deal for the midfielder.
The French club are currently second in Ligue 1 and Sanson’s performances for Marseille has resulted in several teams monitoring the player’s availability.
It is understood that Everton are also interested in the player who has three goals and three assists in 19 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
However, if Moyes acts quickly he might be able to pip the Toffees to Sanson’s signature as according to Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, they won’t be looking at transfer targets until January 5.
“We didn’t talk about this, for sure I’m not asking for a striker because in front we are really good,” said Ancelotti.
“But anyways we didn’t talk about this because until January 5 we have to be focused on these games and after that we can talk about if we need something or not.”
Grady Diangana – West Brom
The 21-year-old is currently having a fantastic season on loan at West Brom but Moyes should seriously consider recalling the youngster.
Moyes has inherited a squad that desperately needs fresh faces and the return of Diangana could help him achieve that.
He already has five goals and five assists in 19 appearances for the Baggies, who currently sit second in the Championship.
However, West Brom sporting and technical director Luke Dowling has recently admitted the club will be doing all they can to keep hold of Diangana.
“I know there will be some key issues Baggies fans will be talking about starting perhaps with Grady Diangana,” said Dowling.
“We are expecting clarity from West Ham on this in the next few days as we have been in regular dialogue with them about Grady since he came to us.
“Grady has been a key figure for us, there’s no point in denying that. Of course we will be doing all we can to persuade West Ham to allow him to continue his development with us.
“But just as with Harvey Barnes a year ago, we have no control over events at the player’s parent club which can be the major influence on such decisions.”
West Ham’s next game is against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day and Moyes admitted he thinks the Hammers’ current squad is better than when he left the club.
“It’s fabulous to be back. It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it,” Moyes said.
“I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world, and I missed the club so I can’t wait to get started. I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here.
“But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.
“I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.”
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