Michael Brown has questioned who is in charge of recruitment at West Ham as the Irons plot a move to sign St Etienne defender Wesley Fofana.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Hammers have been looking for a Director of Football following Mario Husillos’ departure back in December.

As detailed by Football Insider, Moyes has been advised by ex-Tottenham recruitment chief and current technical director at Monaco Paul Mitchell to sign Fofana after his rise in Ligue 1.

This site has revealed that the Irons are in talks to sign the 19-year-old after Leicester City’s pursuit collapsed.

The Hammers have been without a Director of Football since Husillos followed Manuel Pellegrini out the door in December.

Brown admits he is not sure who is in charge of signing new players at the London Stadium and as such questions if Fofana is the sort of player Moyes would want to splash the cash on.

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Asked if the Irons should be targeting more experience before October’s transfer deadline, Brown told Football Insider: “I think it depends who’s signing the player.

“If the manager’s signing the player then he obviously believes he’s got a chance of playing, he sees something in the player to play.

“If your head of recruitment or another is signing for the future, that’s a different story you have to sit and wait on.

“I’m still unsure at West Ham fully, I think they were after a director of football, did they get that sorted? I’m not sure they did so it’s who is arranging everything?”

West Ham are yet to bring a new face through the door in the transfer window, though they have turned Tomas Soucek’s loan into a permanent move.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has admitted to talkSPORT there is no guarantee the club will sign anyone before the 5 October deadline.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have been tipped to offload two big earners who dazzled in the League Cup.