So How Will Moyes Spend His £85 Million?

The exact amount of money available to Barclays Premier League managers is always a matter of smoke and mirrors for most clubs, with no one wanting to show their hand too clearly. West Ham have definitely been in that category for years, there have been some ridiculous 'attempts' at signing players at 'low ball' prices to boot!

So news of David Moyes's supposed £85 Million budget will be greeted with a combination of scepticism and disdain, scepticism that Moyes won't eventually get the full amount, and disdain that his kitty will be so sparse, especially on the back of the club achieving it's highest ever top level points, AND qualifying for the group stages of the Europa Cup, a competition that neither of Hammers London rivals, 'Tottingham' and 'Le'Arse', managed to qualify for, with the Cocks squeezing in to the 'Con Cup', and the Arse not even making that, although there is some conjecture that Arsenal were more than happy NOT to qualify for what is essentially the Inter Toto Cup but with a different name.

So, IF David Moyes does actually get access to the rumoured £85 Million, how will he spend it? Firstly we need to look at what the manager needs, and what he wants, and who he can realistically get. The glaringly obvious top of the list is at least one striker, preferably two, or even three! Next up a combative midfielder, followed by a marauding left back and a replacement goal keeper, although that is the one position where the club could possibly hold fire on.

Although Hammers have been linked with just about every striker with a pulse, and some without, Moyes is more than likely to look domestically to fill such a vital role. Blackburn Rovers Adam Armstrong available for £10 Million seems an ideal fit and wouldn't mess with th wonderful team spirit there is at the club. Alex Kral is the preferred choice as the midfield enforcer in order to add strength in depth, he will cost in the region of £18 Million. The left back situation can be dealt with by signing the exciting talent that Junior Firpo is, he fits Moyes's template perfectly and is available form Barcelona for around £13 Million.

The goal keeping situation is a contentious issue, Lukasz Fabianski has begun to pick up more and more injuries, but he is still one of the best goal keepers in the Barclays Premier League, however West Ham have been kept in the loop regarding Sam Johnstone from newly relegated West Brom, he won't come cheap though, especially as he has been called up to the England squad, he will probably cost in the region of £18 Million.

The outlay for all of the players listed is approximately £59 Million, which would leave David Moyes a further £26 million, IF the £85 Million budget is to be believed. That would leave enough money in the kitty for the additional 'high profile' striker.

Financially Moyes can expect between little and zero when it comes to off loading some of Hammers dead wood, just getting some of their ridiculous wages off the books will be an achievement in itself! After next season the club will no longer be saddled with 'Pellegrini's perils', allowing the Scot, who is in the middle of signing his new three year deal, to work without both hands tied behind his back.

It is to be hoped that the board grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to propel the club to the level they always promised they would, and IF they back their manager fully, they might even grow in the popularity stakes with the fans! - Ed

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85 mill I will eat a large slice of!! But we shall see,also agree with those acquisitions Nev...giroud may score goals but is he another mid 30 year old looking for a big last pay day in the Stratford last chance saloon

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boogerscaravan's picture

No has-beans, baked beans of Mr Beans required thank you................

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85 mill hey,in todays climate you need that and a bit more to stay at this level,but who knows what will actually be handed over,but whatever it needs to be used wisely,a striker for definate,with some years to him,not mid thirties Giroud with his ego.

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I have a nagging feeling we will buy a lot of shit! Why spend £25m on a striker when you can buy a striker banging in 30 goals a season from the Turkish 3rd division for £10m!
This is make or break season for us. Do we invest properly and buy quality to try and maintain our current status. Or go for quantity and slope back to the norm?
I agree with you Nev on Armstrong, Kral & Johnstone. Add Lingard to them and that would leave us in a healthy position.

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mcbikeman's picture

Brandon Aveiro
Lewis Bryon
Gary Cahill
Nathaniel Clyne
Scott Dann
Kian Flanagan
Kevin Gonzalez Quintero
Harlem Hale
Stephen Henderson
Wayne Hennessey
Lewis Hobbs
Rohan Luthra
Alfie Matthews
James McCarthy
Jacob Russell,
Jude Russell
Mamadou Sakho
Andros Townsend
Patrick van Aanholt
Joel Ward
Connor Wickham
Samuel Woods

all available for nothing nadda zilch zero sweet F.A. saves the club and only have to go to croydon to find them as they leave Palace:-) it'll pad our squad out nicely for no outlay the board will be happy lol.....but seriously Palace are F**K*D next season no manager and all those players released thats one gone who will other two be oh yeah Norwich and the Spuds:-) COYI

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Clyne & especially Townsend can still do a job!

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mcbikeman's picture

Palace getting rid of 23 players i mean wow...yeah there are couple of eyebrow raisers there for sure and maybe not starters but better back up than 3 keepers on the bench..Van Aanolt/Clyne can help with the fullback problems Townsend maybe but i do fear Moyes getting carried away and signing Cahill!....But with a season of European fixtures added to the league and cups we deff need to add numbers to the squad and what we pay Anderson/Yarma/Lanzini we could pick up those players and still be doing better on the wage front

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moore2come's picture

Isn't player wages also thrown into the transfer budget? The 26mill would need to cover that or at least a portion of?

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mcbikeman's picture

Transfers are a real mystery as to how they are financed with clubs buying players on the never never so how a price is calculated and what that includes who knows....agents fees signing on fee loyalty bonus etc etc not like getting a car from autotrader is it!

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moore2come's picture

That's for sure!! Think this might be something Sully/Gold hide behind. If the club is supposed to be competing on same level as bigger clubs following move to BOM then surely match day fees aren't a consideration and player wages has to come from a larger pool of money

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nevillenixon's picture

players' wages come out of the day to day running costs budget, not the transfer budget, it's all about write downs in the final annual figures

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moore2come's picture

Really should read all comments before responding. Cheers Nev

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