West Ham’s January transfer plans amid David Moyes contract uncertainty

The future of West Ham manager David Moyes is currently making headlines as his contract is set to expire at the end of the Premier League season. Reports suggest that Moyes is unlikely to be offered a new contract by the Hammers, prompting speculation about potential changes in the coaching staff, according to FFC.

However, amidst the uncertainty surrounding Moyes’ future, West Ham’s board is gearing up for a busy January transfer window. According to renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the club’s board and directors are actively “working” on transfer plans for the winter, signaling their commitment to strengthening the squad.

Top on the priority list for technical director Tim Steidten is the acquisition of a new striker. The recent injury to Michail Antonio exposed a significant lack of depth upfront, and West Ham’s failure to replace Gianluca Scamacca in the summer has intensified the need for a proven goalscorer.

While Moyes has utilized Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen as makeshift options with some success, the Hammers are reportedly in the market for a striker with a proven track record. Among the potential targets are Serhou Guirassy from Stuttgart, Armando Broja from Chelsea, and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Steidten’s transfer plans may not be limited to a new striker, as there are indications that West Ham could also be looking to reinforce their midfield. Despite securing James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez in the previous window, the Hammers are reportedly considering the addition of another midfielder.

One name that has emerged in the transfer rumor mill is Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips. The England international has faced limited opportunities at City due to injuries and tough competition, making him a potential target for West Ham. Football Insider and journalist Pete O’Rourke suggest that Phillips is “ready to quit” City, with West Ham among the clubs expressing a keen interest in signing him.

West Ham faces competition from Newcastle, Tottenham, and Juventus for Phillips’ signature. Despite his limited game time at City, the £165,000-per-week midfielder remains a regular at the international level and is viewed as a player who could provide real quality for Moyes.

Former West Ham captain Declan Rice has praised Phillips as one of the “best professionals” he has ever seen, highlighting the midfielder’s commitment and work ethic. As West Ham navigates the January transfer market, the potential addition of Phillips could bring valuable experience and quality to Moyes’ squad.