West Ham will be in the market for a new striker this summer transfer window, although David Moyes has ruled out a move for £45 million rated Tammy Abraham.
The Hammers paid that fee for Sebastien Haller, a move that ultimately failed and saw the Ivory Coast international leave the London Stadium for Ajax at a loss of a reported £20m.
Moyes admits that the club were looking to replace Haller in January but were unsuccessful in their attempts despite going after a number of players.
“In January when we sold Seb [Haller] we felt it was the right thing to do but if we could have found another striker we would have done it.
“We did. We bid for two or three but we did not get them because they were not available. But I wasn’t going to get somebody who I felt was going to sit on the bench or maybe not contribute as much as I would have liked.,” Moyes said.
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When asked if the club will be back in for a striker this summer transfer window the manager confirmed it is a position they will definitely be looking to fill: “Yes, certainly one,” he said.
West Ham have been linked with a number of strikers since Haller left the club and one recent name that has appeared is Chelsea’s Abraham.
However, at a reported £45m Moyes brushed off suggestions that the Hammers would move for the England international.
“It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out,” he said.
“So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out. We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.”
Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (Image: Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images).
The Scot suggested that the £45m it would cost for Abraham is more likely to be West Ham’s total spend over the transfer window rather than splashing that amount on one player.
“It may well be [the total…