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West Ham boss looks to have bigger say on transfers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 February 2018

West Ham United manager David Moyes instructing his team during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

West Ham United manager David Moyes instructing his team during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

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Hammers manager David Moyes says chairman David Sullivan will take a step back in the transfer market in the summer

West Ham United manager David Moyes during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. West Ham United manager David Moyes during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

Just a week after West Ham boss David Moyes was apparently set to leave at the end of the season whatever happened, he is now busy planning this summer’s transfer window.

The Hammers categorically denied the story that appeared in the Telegraph and now they have gone one step further with the news that chairman David Sullivan is set to take a step back in negotiating for players.

“We’ve put together some plans and thoughts,” said Moyes. “Sometimes it can take a little bit of time to set up the recruitment strategy and you don’t get time because you are only as good as your last window and who you sign.

“I’ve not seen a process here so I’m going to try and put something in. We have signed some good players here so whoever has brought them in deserves credit.

West Ham United co-owners David Gold (left) and David Sullivan at the DW Stadium (pic Anthony Devlin/PA) West Ham United co-owners David Gold (left) and David Sullivan at the DW Stadium (pic Anthony Devlin/PA)

“There is no criticism, we just want to give it a different look and it’s going to come away from the chairman a little bit, he’s going to stand aside.”

That will be music to the ears of many supporters who have fiercely criticised Sullivan’s negotiation technique.

The previous Director of Recruitment Tony Henry was sacked by the club after he allegedly said that West Ham did not want to sign any more African players.

And Moyes is not expecting a replacement any time soon: “Maybe in time, we could have a head of football operations or recruitment, a director of football or whatever title.

Watford's Marvin Zeegelaar (bottom) and West Ham United's Pablo Zabaleta battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium. Watford's Marvin Zeegelaar (bottom) and West Ham United's Pablo Zabaleta battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

“We probably won’t be making an appointment like that at the moment though, not at this time in the season.”

Moyes certainly seems to be planning for the future, even if he is reluctant to make any decisions until the end of the season.

“I’m genuinely not going to look at it until the end,” he said. “I want the West Ham supporters to think David Moyes is the right man for the job. I want the West Ham board to think the same and I also want to feel West Ham is the right club for David Moyes because I’m ambitious, I want to be challenged against the big boys.”

West Ham are without a game this weekend following their FA Cup defeat at Wigan, but after victory over Watford, defender Pablo Zabaleta is in a cautiously optimistic mood.

“I think we are in a position now where we need to look up,” said the 33-year-old. “We need to have that ambition, but we also need to remember that we are still only four points from the relegation zone and we are still in a relegation battle.

“It is not going to be easy; we want to be safe as soon as possible. This season has seen so many ups and downs, so to be able to look up and think about some sort of European competition or something like that, you need to show some consistency.

“But the reality is that we still need probably four or five more wins to be safe.”

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