New West Ham boss David Moyes is set to receive financial backing from the Hammers hierarchy in January, and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is believed to be on the Scotsman’s wishlist.
The club sacked Manuel Pellegrini after their 2-1 home defeat to a second-string Leicester side on Saturday evening, leaving the Hammers in 17th and just a point above the relegation zone – albeit with a game in hand over their rivals.
And despite spending over £70m in the summer – including a club-record fee for striker Sebastian Haller – the West Ham board are prepared to back new manager David Moyes in the upcoming window as they try to avoid getting dragged into a relegation dogfight.
According to The Sun, Moyes, whose last managerial tenure was at West Ham, is set to pursue a deal for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud – who has rarely featured for the Blues since Frank Lampard took charge,
The signing of Giroud would provide greater depth behind or alongside Haller upfront and, hopefully, another source of goals. The former Frankfurt man scored four in his first seven Premier League appearances but has gone off the boil in recent weeks – scoring just once in his last 11 league games.
The Scottish manager will have to try and reinvigorate the club’s record signing in the New Year in order to see the Hammers score a few more goals. Currently, West Ham hold the joint-fifth worst goalscoring record in the division – scoring just 21 goals in 19 games thus far.
Nevertheless, Moyes seems excited by the return to his former club, saying: “It feels great to be home…I’ve missed being here as I enjoyed being around the stadium, loved this part of the world and I missed the club.”
And regarding the current squad, he added: “I do believe the squad I’ve got here is better than when I took over before. The short-term goal is just to get wins to get us away from the bottom.”