Speaking on the TalkSport Daily podcast, Jim White has updated West Ham fans on how much money David Moyes has available to spend.
The transfer window is set to slam shut on Tuesday, and with the Hammers having only signed two players in Craig Dawson and Alphonse Areola – the latter being on a loan deal – Moyes may want to see added bodies arrive before the 31st August deadline.
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Reports have suggested that the club are getting closer to brokering a deal between Chelsea and Kurt Zouma to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium, which would mean all of Moyes’ summer signings would be to improve his backline.
White gave his information on what West Ham’s transfer budget is looking like.
“How much is available to spend in the remainder of the window? I’ll tell you, between £40-45 million is available to spend.
“Why didn’t they try for Tammy Abraham? They did try for Tammy Abraham, but he was too expensive: a fee of £36 million, but then the small matter of £160,000 a week.”
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Considering how West Ham have started the season with two wins from two and having scored eight goals, including three from their only recognised striker in Michail Antonio, Moyes may feel that attacking reinforcements are not a priority.
The Hammers have still not replaced their club-record signing Sebastien Haller, who departed for Ajax last January, although a lack of depth in the striker position has done them no harm thus far, with Antonio now the club’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League.
White does mention that West Ham attempted to bring in now-Roma striker Tammy Abraham, although he proved to be too costly in terms of a transfer outlay and paying him his desired wage packet, so they may well be still in the hunt for a second striker if it is financially viable.
Whether a move for Zouma would further scupper the chances of that remains to be seen.