West Ham tipped to seal loan-to-buy deal for Antonio ally after confirmed news - pundit
Noel Whelan has tipped West Ham to secure a loan-to-buy deal for a new striker before the end of the January transfer window.
The former Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons need reinforcements in attack to help Michail Antonio.
As quoted by football.london last Wednesday (12 January), Moyes insisted West Ham are in the market for a new striker but will not sign someone “for the sake of it”.
Antonio is the only recognised senior centre-forward at the London Stadium right now.
Whelan suggested a temporary move, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, could be on the cards.
“Loan moves make a lot sense to me in January, for any big clubs, with a view to buy. I think that’s the way forward for West Ham and the way they will do it,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“I think you’ve got to see how people adapt. You’ve got to give yourself that option without splashing out over the odds. There are inflated values on players because it is January.
“You can look to bring players into the club with that view to a permanent move in the summer.
“Right now, we all know that January, generally, is a very difficult window to prise players from football clubs.
“You can’t have enough strikers. When you look at the top sides and where where you want to be year in, year out in the Premier League, you’ve got to have cover.
“You’ve got to have options. It’s no different to Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool. You’ve got to have options in these positions.
“I think it will benefit, Michail Antonio. Yes, I know he’s going to be up for the fight to keep his place but it becomes healthy competition.
“Sometimes you’re not going to be able to play the same as you did the week before when you’re on a good run.”
Antonio has netted eight goals and contributed six assists in 21 Premier League games this season.
The Hammers currently sit fourth in the table despite Sunday’s defeat to Leeds United.