Frank McAvennie has claimed manager David Moyes needs to wrest control from owner David Sullivan over West Ham signings.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hammers hero argued that there is “not a lot of thought” going into the club’s recruitment, and that a “football guy” should be overseeing any potential incomings.
The Irons have yet to bring in any new faces this summer, with the permanent arrival of loanee Tomas Soucek remaining their only fresh addition.
There have been a number of high-profile and costly disappointments in recent windows with co-chairman and owner Sullivan pulling the transfer strings amid an ill-fated spell when Mario Husillos was the director of football.
McAvennie has suggested that the club need to consider restructuring the way that they bring players in.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I look and think, ‘Who is buying the players?’.
“If it is the owners who are buying the players that is not how you run a club. That is not the way you do it. They have got to get someone to oversee every signing.
“By the looks of it there is not a lot of thought going into transfers. Moyes needs to take more control.
“They need to take the transfer decisions away from the owners. I always think that it should be a football guy buying footballers.”
West Ham chiefs recently stirred up controversy with their decision to sell Grady Diangana to Premier League rivals West Brom.
The winger’s exit prompted a backlash from many associated with the club, including captain Mark Noble, who claimed he was “gutted, angry, and sad” about the sale.
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