By Noel Whelan

9th Aug, 2022 | 7:00am

Pundit issues big-money West Ham transfer verdict after David Moyes outburst

Noel Whelan has urged the ownership at West Ham to sanction a big-money summer splurge if they are to make “the next progression” in the Premier League.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Irons should be aiming to challenge rivals Man United, Arsenal, and Tottenham.

West Ham fell to a dour 2-0 defeat at home against Man City on Sunday (7 August) – recording just 25% possession.

Speaking post-match and quoted by the London Evening Standard, Moyes outlined the need to “freshen up” his “stale” squad in the remainder of the transfer window.

West Ham have completed the signings of Maxwel Cornet, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, and Alphonse Areola so far this summer.

Moyes has masterminded European qualification in back-to-back seasons at the London Stadium – despite being relegation candidates in the 2019-20 campaign.

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Whelan suggested a significant summer outlay could help keep the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen at the club.

“They’re looking for the next progression,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“To achieve that, they will have to spend money, unfortunately. The board have got to allow that to happen.

“If they want to close the gap to those Champions League spots, which they’ve come so close to doing – they need to keep adding to the squad and spending money.

“That’s what David Moyes wants, and that’s what will take them to the next level. It may also be the thing that keeps big players at the club.

“They want to see that progression and know that they will be challenging at the right end of the table.

“They’ve got to be ambitious and challenge Man United, Arsenal, and Spurs – but to do that, you’ve got to spend that extra money.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire salutes West Ham as “very lucrative” new deal announced.