According to a recent claim by ExWHUemployee (via Hammers News), David Moyes’ side are monitoring no less than five Derby players, who are thought to be Lee Buchanan, Max Bird, Jason Knight, Louie Sibley and Morgan Whittaker.
One reason behind West Ham’s alleged interest in so many of Wayne Rooney’s side’s players could be due to the current financial situation the Rams find themselves in, with Rooney said to have deferred some of his £90k weekly wage to ensure that his players get paid – with the Hammers potentially looking to capitalise on Derby’s need for an injection of cash.
West Ham’s interest in the Derby players was one subject of conversation on a recent video posted on Facebook, in which Jones confirmed that the east London side could indeed try to capitalise on Derby’s financial misfortune.
He said: “I think that the biggest worry for Derby has been bracing themselves for bids and trying to hold on to players. I know West Ham have been sniffing around three or four Derby players at the moment because they sense the club’s in turmoil financially and they’re going to take advantage of the situation.”
Will West Ham sign anyone this evening?
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments regarding West Ham’s interest in Derby’s players…
From Jones’ comments, it would indeed appear that there is some level of truth to the claims that West Ham are keen on a number of Derby’s players in the current market, however, the journalist does not provide any insight as to whether he feels Moyes will make a move for any of the targets in question prior to the closure of the transfer window on Monday evening.
And, with just a matter of hours until the window does indeed close, in our opinion, it would be a highly unlikely scenario in which the Hammers did manage to get a deal over the line for any of their reported targets at Derby, given the apparent lack of movement thus far.