Sources: West Ham open Lee Dykes deal amid Michael Edwards reveal
West Ham are in talks with Brentford director Lee Dykes over a role at the club, sources have told Football Insider.
The Hammers are eager to appoint a director of football this summer and have made Dykes a top target after his success in London.
It is understood that West Ham have contacted multiple candidates over the role, with ex-Monaco director Paul Mitchell and former Liverpool chief Michael Edwards also at the top of the club’s recruitment list.
The West Ham board have finalised the decision to appoint a director of football after growing frustrated at their poor transfer business in recent seasons under David Moyes.
Moyes was backed with a huge budget last summer, but the big-money arrivals of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd have largely underwhelmed this season.
The Scottish manager has now been informed by the club hierarchy that a director will be appointed in the summer to assist with transfer activity.
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Dykes has spent four years at Brentford and was promoted to technical director in 2022 after impressing in his previous role as the head of recruitment.
The 39-year-old was responsible for signing the likes of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo in recent seasons under a tight budget.
Highly-rated Mitchell has also been contacted after he confirmed that he will leave Monaco this summer, while Edwards is out of a job after leaving Anfield at the end of last season.
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