Wednesday 20 November 2019

Hammers to step up bid for Moyes

David Moyes
David Moyes

Matt Law

West Ham United are ready to step up their pursuit of David Moyes after putting his old Everton scout Tony Henry in charge of their summer recruitment policy.

Henry was appointed by the West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold this season and the former Everton man is understood to be heading the summer transfer plans instead of Sam Allardyce's trusted scout Martin Glover.

Allardyce is yet to be offered a new contract as manager by West Ham and is a candidate to take over at Sunderland at the end of the season, although he does not appear to fit the club's head coach model.

West Ham face Sunderland next at Upton Park and that fixture, together with games against Leicester City and Stoke City, may go a long way to deciding the future of Allardyce.

West Ham have started drawing up a list of potential candidates to replace Allardyce, with Moyes the top choice ahead of Slaven Bilic. Rafa Benitez is also being considered.

Henry worked closely with Moyes at Everton, convincing the former Manchester United manager to sign the defender John Stones from Barnsley in January 2013.

Sullivan and Gold have asked Henry to identify potential signings for next season, although one of the top priorities is to sign the right-back Carl Jenkinson on a permanent deal from Arsenal.

West Ham also want a new striker and retain an interest in Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor, who was blocked from moving to Upton Park in January by Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman.

It remains to be seen whether the influence of Henry can tempt Moyes back to England this summer, as the Scotsman has told friends that he is happy at Real Sociedad and grateful for the chance the club gave him to step back into management after being sacked by United. He signed an 18-month contract with the Spanish club in November.

Bilic may be easier to tempt to Upton Park but the former West Ham defender lacks experience of managing in the Premier League which is an important factor for Sullivan and Gold. Benitez, the former Liverpool manager who also took charge of Chelsea for six months, is expected to leave Napoli at the end of the season and has the right experience that interests Sullivan and Gold. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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