The 15th richest club in the World are currently trying to make a desperate attempt at staying in the World's richest League, that team is West Ham United and the 30 year old player they are after to help them surive is Danny Ings, who is a striker at Aston Villa.
West Ham's young and hungry template seems to have been put on the back burner as the club scramble to ensure Premier League survival, Champions League aspirations have been replaced with Championship nightmares that have real potential of becoming reality.
Whichever way you look at it, the Iron's dream of consistent European qualification is a busted flush at the moment and unfortunately the buck has to stop with the manager. David Moyes has looked beleaguered as he fends off questions as to why his expensively assembled squad is NOT firing on all cylinders!
Far from strengthening the squad, the new additions seem to have sucked the life's blood out of the team. People are legitimately asking who exactly sanctioned the new players? Was it David Moyes, Rob Newman or the Board that pulled the trigger on such an extravagant recruitment plan.
Of course injuries HAVE played a key part in this protracted season, but it is the same for ALL the other clubs, so why have the wheels come off the Hammers' bandwagon? Try as we might, the only conclusion we can come up with is that it HAS to be the manager.
David Moyes has performed wonders for the club, but HAS is the operative word. Moyes no longer commands the respect he once did and is in danger of ruining his reputation if he remains in place, whether he admits the fact publicly or or not, he HAS lost the dressing room and the only outcome will eventually be his dismissal.
Because of the amount of 'credit' he has in the managerial bank, Moyes WILL be offered the option of 'falling on his own sword' by resigning rather than being sacked, but either way it seems inconceivable that he will still be the club's manager by this time next week!
The times they are a changing and things aint what they used to be! - Ed