Having been initially underwhelmed by the season's transfer activity, West Ham United's board ironically now want incumbent manager David Moyes to 'buy british', their opinion especially that of 27% stakeholder Daniel Kretinsky, is that buying from abroad is more economical but the bedding in process for a raft of incoming non british players is too lengthy and that the club don't want to experience another relegation fight!
With this in mind it comes as no surprise to hear that West Ham United are planning to move for Leicester's Harvey Barnes after having decided in principle to retain manager David Moyes for the final year of his contract. The former Everton and Manchester boss is set to be backed in the transfer market this summer and a move for Barnes could be made at the same time as a deal for Fulham’s Portuguese international Joao Palhinha and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.
Picking the bones from relegated clubs is what 'successful' top flight clubs do, so there is NO reason Hammers shouldn't do the same. All three of the above would be welcome additions to a squad that will be bereft of a number of key players, the most glaring being Declan Rice! The brutal truth is that Hammers' summer signings did NOT live up to expectations for numerous reasons, ONLY Lucas Pacqueta, Thilo Kherer and Emerson have actually shone, the rest have either been injured or hardly used.
Buying from Europe has proved to be a non plus for the club, especially when it comes to strikers! So the perceived wisdom of the Board is that it is better to try and buy British players who can slot straight into the squad as opposed to those from other Leagues who take time to get used to the incredible physicality of the Premier League.
Barnes, Palhinha and Ward-Prowse will not be cheap, but they are 'ready made' for the Prem, there is always a 'brit' premium for home grown players, but it is there for a salient reason. Clubs don't want to be paying out huge sums in wages while players find their feet, if they can hit the ground running then the additional cost makes sense.
Of course as we have previously mentioned, Hammers eventual transfer policy will be dictated on the 7th of June in Prague at the "Con Cup' final against Fiorentina, win and the club NEEDS PREPARATION for a European campaign, a loss means a season of consolidation. A huge amount hangs on the eventual result at the Fortuna Stadium, but planning has to go ahead assuming both case scenarios.
Barnes, Palhinha and Ward-Prowse are decent targets that West Ham stand a realistic chance of acquiring, a lot depends on the 7th though. - Ed