Sullivan states who West Ham will not be signing in January, Moyes disagrees
West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has banned the club from signing older players when the transfer window opens in January – seemingly without telling new manager David Moyes.
The club’s new manager David Moyes desperately needs to improve the squad he inherited from Slaven Bilic last month, with the club struggling in the Premier League’s bottom-three.
And Sullivan insists Moyes will not be signing any older players when the transfer window opens in January.
“We’ve let the manager pick who he wants. Maybe going forward we won’t,” said Sullivan, as quoted by The Sun.
“We have to take a look at the age of the players we’re signing.
“We will have to bring in two or three in January. They will be young players, they won’t be 32.”
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However, the new Hammers boss Moyes seems to disagree with Sullivan and believes that a player’s quality and experience is more important than his date of birth.
“Is that right?” Moyes said. “I brought in Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth at probably that age after we sold Joleon Lescott to Manchester City and Sylvain was brilliant for three or four years.
“There are very few people I know who want to be the guy who says it’s their decision, because signing players is the hardest thing and few get it right. Fortunately, I think through a lot of my time I have got it right,” said the former Everton manager.
The Hammers boss will be particularly focused on strengthening his defensive options in January. West Ham currently have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 32 goals in just 15 games.
David Sullivan also revealed that he should have got rid of Bilic sooner: “I should have got rid of him in the summer but beating Tottenham in the last home game and beating Burnley was just enough.
“My family gave me such grief for not doing it. I thought he’d sorted things out.”
Moyes finally got his first win as West Ham boss when his side beat Premier League champions Chelsea 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
It was the Hammers’ first league win nine matches, since the 1-0 victory over Swansea at the end of September. However, Moyes’ side are still in the Premier League relegation zone, but are now level on points with 17th-placed West Brom.
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