Monday 29 Jan
Updated Monday 29 Jan 15:29
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Moyes: Hammers have funds to spend on quality players

David Moyes

West Ham United manager David Moyes has assured supporters that he has the backing of the board to spend money on the ‘right players’, but will not add to his team just to increase the quantity at his disposal.

The Hammers completed their first signing of the January transfer window at the end of last week, with midfielder Joao Mario arriving on loan from Inter Milan, and Moyes insists he is looking to bring in more before the close of the window on Wednesday evening.

And the boss has indicated that the Club will provide him with funds in the transfer market to acquire the best possible players.

They’ve given us the funds for the right players that are available...but I’m not going to bring people here who I don’t think are going to make a difference to the team

David Moyes

“Of course, they are doing as much as they can,” Moyes said, when asked if the Club was still pursuing transfer targets. “They want West Ham to be as good as they can be.

“They’re doing everything they can. They’ve given us the funds for the right players that are available. It’s difficult to get the right players. There’s not been loads of transfers and, if there have been, they’ve been extremely expensive ones.”

The manager, however, will not ‘waste money’ by signing the wrong individuals, believing that to do so would be to the detriment of himself and his current team.

The Hammers take on Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening in the Premier League, one day before the transfer window ends, and Moyes is only interested in adding good players to his side in that time.

David Moyes press conference

“The priority is to add good players to your squad,” Moyes continued.  “What you don’t want to do is add players who actually are just going to make the numbers up.

“Ultimately, we’re short of players right now and we could do with adding, but I’m not going to bring people here who I don’t think are going to make a difference to the team. It’s a waste of money and a waste of time as well.

“We want to bring people in who can someway contribute between now and the end of the season, if not longer.”