Noel Whelan claims that West Ham manager David Moyes has “had enough” of signing foreign players ahead of the summer transfer window.
The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Scottish boss will be looking for a certain type of character and experience when it comes to the club’s recruitment.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Hammers have set their sights on signing British talent this summer, with QPR’s Eberechi Eze, Rangers’ Connor Goldson and Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall and Matty Cash among those in their sights.
Jarrod Bowen and Darren Randolph were two of the Hammers’ three signings in January, with Czech Republic international Tomas Soucek the third.
Whelan believes that Moyes is targeting a specific type of signing this summer, suggesting he wants to focus on players with experience of playing in England.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Again, you see him looking for British players, I think he’s had enough of the foreign players coming in with their big names and not producing.
“You see him now assembling a good core of British players that know what the English Premier League and English football is all about.
“West Ham are one of these where David Moyes is looking for a certain type of character now, he’s seen the characters that he’s had, that he’s inherited with some of the foreign players and they’re a bit soft mentally. There’s not enough passion there for him that they need at the club.
“I don’t think he’ll be rushing into signing any more foreign players because we’ve seen that he goes for more of the English kind of character that they need at West Ham.”
West Ham currently sit 16th in the Premier League table, two points clear of the relegation zone.
Their last game, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, saw Moyes name six English players in the starting XI.
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