David Moyes provides an update on the search for Sébastien Haller’s replacement
David Moyes admitted that West Ham United were “not really” in a position to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller in the January transfer window, after the Frenchman left east London to join Ajax earlier in the month.
The 26-year-old signed for the Hammers in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £ 45million, but has failed to consistently achieve the levels expected of him over the past 18 months, and the club decided to cash in while they were still could.
Haller’s exit gave Moyes an extra £ 20million to spend attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window, but the West Ham coach admitted the club were ‘not really’ ready to sign another striker .
“One thing that you have to do as a manager is to make sure that you have spaces to attract people,” Moyes explained.
“If you don’t have space, all you do is get players together and it gets harder.
“So part of the job is to make room for that, we’ve now created room that we can bring the players into. Are we ready for this? Not really. But we will continue and we will do what we can and we will try to bring in what we think are the right players. “
Speaking of Haller’s departure, Moyes admitted that the Hammers “didn’t expect” such an offer to come, but felt that selling the forward was “the right thing to do”.
“Seb Haller’s situation was just that we had an offer, we weren’t expecting it,” Moyes said.
“We hadn’t planned on losing this window to Seb. He’s done a good job for us, he’s won a few games recently with his goals, so we wish him good luck.
“I think it’s a really good decision for him to go to Ajax and maybe it was something that if we hadn’t accepted this offer now, maybe we wouldn’t have had it later then we just thought it was the right thing to do. But it was certainly not planned. “
West Ham has been linked with the return of former striker Marko Arnautovic and Bournemouth star Josh King, and while Moyes’ comments have tempered those rumors for now, there is still plenty of time to rectify the situation.