David Moyes opens up on Jesse Lingard pursuit and ‘tough’ summer transfer window as Spurs talk to Nikola Milenkovic


David Moyes doesn’t think West Ham United fans are frustrated by the club’s lack of transfer activity, but admits that the summer has been “difficult”.

The Scotsman has so far added Alphonse Areola to his squad, despite adding six Europa League group stage games after such a positive season last time around.

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The Scotsman has called it a ‘difficult’ window for West Ham so far

Michail Antonio remains the team’s only senior forward, but the 31-year-old missed 13 games with an injury last season.

Craig Dawson made his Watford loan permanent, but reported moves for Nikola Milenkovic and Kurt Zouma to strengthen the baseline have failed.

Moyes led West Ham to sixth place in the Premier League last season, just two points from a Champions League spot.

He will instead guide the club in the Europa League but has been frustrated that he couldn’t add more to his squad, given the extra games that European football will bring.

Antonio injury would leave West Ham without a recognized senior striker

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Antonio injury would leave West Ham without a recognized senior striker

“We try to add to the team if we can,” Moyes said. “We have had and we have a few offers for people, but not everything is coming to fruition. We’ll do our best to add to the team before the window closes.

“It was a difficult window because the market in general is very calm. There was money spent at the top, but it was overall calm.

“We hope to add to it. I don’t think the West Ham fans are frustrated, I think they realize how good the team has been.

“So many people will come back to see new players that they haven’t seen in 18 months and who are doing really well.”

Lingard excelled on loan at London Stadium last season

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Lingard excelled on loan at London Stadium last season

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Moyes declined to talk about a potential return to London Stadium for Jesse Lingard, who impressed while on loan at the club for the second half of last season.

“Well you’re talking about a Manchester United player, not a West Ham player,” he replied when asked if there was any chance of re-signing Lingard.

“So you have to ask Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) about this. I can only tell you about the West Ham players.

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