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EPL: David Moyes speaks on West Ham transfer strategy

David Moyes

West Ham will continue to make efforts to sign players up until the last day of the transfer window, according to David Moyes, who recently discussed the club’s acquisition of Gianluca Scamacca in an interview.

With the additions of Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, and the exercise of an option to sign Alphonse Areola on a long-term contract, the Hammers have so far made four noteworthy acquisitions this summer.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Moyes discussed the former and provided an explanation of why the east London team spent so much money on the centre forward:

“We’ve been watching him [Scamacca] for some time and even considered going for him last January. He has a presence as a player with his size and his ability to take the ball in, retain possession.

“We see him helping in maybe a different way to what we’ve had and his youthfulness means we know there is more room for improvement. It’s very rare you can have a top striker at 23 years of age – but he is.

“We had great encouragement about him as well from our former player Pedro Obiang, who played with him at Sassuolo. He told us about his character and from what we’ve seen we’ve been really pleased although like all overseas players, they need time to settle in.”

Moyes also stated that West Ham will be active in the transfer window in the next few weeks.

“I am sure we will be working hard in the transfer window right through to the final day. I still want quality rather than just numbers, though. It’s not hard to sign players but more difficult to attract real quality,” he said.

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