Dharmesh Sheth has been speaking on the latest edition of Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast with Pete Graves and Tom Williams about transfer news for varying clubs.
One of the clubs discussed was West Ham United and Sheth revealed that David Moyes actually has a decent budget to spend on a striker if he wants to.
The Hammers only have Michail Antonio as a natural centre-forward in the squad after they sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
They have looked at various strikers and saw a move for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri fall through and time is now running out for West Ham to get another forward.
However, according to Sheth, they will have between £20m-£30m to spend if they find someone they like.
He said: (29:41) “As far as funds are concerned though, they are willing to back him because we are told he has got £20m-£30m to spend in this transfer window should he want to bring a striker in.”
Do you think this is enough to bring in a striker?
Yes, we should be able to get someone good
No, we need more than that
TIF Thoughts on West Ham’s budget…
Haller was sold to Ajax for around £20.25m, so it seems as if that money has been put back into Moyes’ budget, should he find the player that he wants.
Interestingly, should the Hammers spend the potential £30 million on a striker than that would go down as their third biggest signing ever.
Antonio has only made 12 Premier League appearances this season, but in those games, he has scored five goals and provided a further assist, so when he has been available, he has been very good.
However, he has missed chunks of the season, and if that were to happen again, then West Ham would not have another natural centre-forward that they could use.
If what Sheth says is true, the Hammers have a good amount of money to spend but time is running out for them to spend it.