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West Ham Fans Hope For Rivals Raid This January

 • by Sam McGuire
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Given West Ham United’s recent upturn in form in the Premier League, Hammers fans will rightly feel frustrated the club’s hierarchy didn’t replace Slaven Bilic sooner.

It may have taken a few games but David Moyes has markedly improved West Ham and made the Irons, first and foremost, header to beat. It’s resulted in wins, there was the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City and the 1-0 win over London rivals Chelsea.

West Ham also held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium, so the proof is there that Moyes has turned the Hammers into a far more competitive side.

But the Scot isn’t satisfied with his lot and has already spoken publicly about wanting to strengthen his squad when the January transfer window opens next month.

West Ham are not a club who are afraid to spend money, but they don’t always splash the cash on the right players.

It will be imperative to their survival hopes to give Moyes the men he has identified.

In order to get a handle on what Hammers fans are thinking ahead of the transfer window opening on January 1, we canvassed the opinion of James Jones, the editor-in-chief of Football Fancast.

Which areas do West Ham need to strengthen in January and why?

It could be argued that every area needs strengthening but real focus needs to be in central-midfield.

A holding midfielder has to be the priority while we could do with someone who can step in and eventually replace Mark Noble, who isn’t as reliable as he used to be unfortunately.

Name three realistic transfer targets you would like West Ham to sign in January and who should they replace in your starting XI?

William Carvalho – Wouldn’t replace anyone as such but I think we could still manage to convince him to sign despite everything that’s happened since the summer.

Alfie Mawson – A player recently linked but we could do with a younger centre-half to replace the ageing James Collins and Jose Fonte. Mawson is showing enough promise to suggest he’d do well.

Steven N’Zonzi – He’s reportedly in London and ready to sign for the highest bidder, so we’d be mad not to go in for him. He’d arguably replace Kouyate, who has been out of form for some time now.

What is your number one fear for the January window?

The number one fear is that we don’t get anyone who can genuinely strengthen our starting XI.

Business needs to be done early otherwise we’ll end up with rubbish again. If the owners keep quiet on their intentions for once we should be fine.

What would your dream January transfer window look like?

The real dream is to see that the owners have learnt from past mistakes. No talking transfers in public and no outlandish claims of spending ridiculous amounts of cash on unrealistic targets. Get the business done early and get the business done right. If all of that happens then we should be on to a good thing.

It’s been a while since West Ham’s transfer dreams have come true but this January the ideal scenario would be for Moyes to bring in a few young and hungry players to the squad to add competition. No more freebies or players over 30-years-old, please.

Read more of our West Ham content on their page here. We’d like to thank  James from Football Fancast.

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