Roshane Thomas believes Josh King is 'most realistic' January arrival
Reputable journalist Roshane Thomas of The Athletic has claimed that Josh King is the ‘most realistic’ January signing for West Ham as they go in desperate search of a striker before the end of the window. With the transfer rumour mill in full swing, the Hammers have been linked with an abundance of centre-forwards in recent weeks. However, Thomas told this week’s U Irons podcast which of those is the most likely to be trotting out in claret and blue, revealing: “”The name I keep hearing is Josh King.
West Ham appear to be turning their recruitment attention to Denmark having been previously linked with Mikkel Damsgaard, with the Hammers now said to be looking at Jonas Wind an attacking option. © Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Sport Belgium v Denmark - UEFA Nations League
According to The Telegraph via Danish source Bold, the 21-year-old is coming into West Ham’s thinking as a long-term attacking option.
The source adds a caveat in that the Irons are said to be focusing on Wind as a summer target as opposed to a short-term option to come in before the closing of the January transfer deadline.
David Moyes right to call for West Ham scouting upgrades [Opinion]
David Moyes has made a less-than-subtle dig at the West Ham board over one key internal structure at the London Stadium – and he is more than justified in doing so. Speaking ahead of the Hammers’ clash with London rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening, Moyes called for greater development of the club’s recruitment infrastructure. The 57-year-old believes that West Ham need to invest more in their recruitment resources in order to improve the way the club goes about identifying potential new signings. Regardless of the success of any incomings, or a relative lack thereof, it has been clear for some time that West Ham’s recruitment faculties are lagging behind.
The Copenhagen-born youngster plays for for FC Kobenhavn in the Danish capital and is contracted there until 2025 – putting his club in the driving seat over any fee commanded.
Valued at just over £4m by Transfermarkt, the creative outlet is already attracting headlines early on in his fledgling career.
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West Ham Predicted XI: Crystal Palace (A)
West Ham travel across London this evening to face Crystal Palace looking to break into the top four in the Premier League table.
In the past, the Hammers might have been accused of holding out delusions of grandeur as quests for European qualification fell apart at the seams, but this season there is genuine hope that David Moyes‘ side could achieve something special.
The Irons are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions and a win at Selhurst Park would see the Hammers end the night in the top four.
The Irons have almost a clean bill of health ahead of the clash, with long-term absentee Arthur Masuaku the only regular first team player not available.
Meanwhile, Palace are relatively safe in mid-table under Roy Hodgson and could pose a serious threat to the Irons’ lofty ambitions this evening.
After affording some key players a valuable rest during the FA Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers, Moyes is likely to go full strength in pursuit of another three points in the league.
Here’s how we think West Ham will line up, with seven changes from Saturday’s team…
David Moyes' contract to be extended by one year - at a minimum
As West Ham increasingly look like dark horses for a European spot after their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, manager David Moyes looks set to extend his stay at the London Stadium for the long run – but he also has 18 months left to run on his current deal in principle. According to The Mirror, the previous belief was that Moyes only had six months left to run on his current deal. However, that is not the case; the manager will automatically see an extension clause activated if West Ham stay up this season. With the Hammers in fourth place in the league after their win over the Eagles, that ‘if’ is looking increasingly certain to be a ‘when’.
GK - Lukasz Fabianski
Came off on Saturday to give a debut to Nathan Trott with the game in the bag.
Remains clear as West Ham number one.
RB - Vladimir Coufal
Watched on against Doncaster as Fredericks impressed.
Straight back in for Premier League matters.
CB - Craig Dawson
Has been a revelation since coming into the side and will be straight back in here after sitting it out on Saturday.
LB - Aaron Cresswell
Got a much-needed rest after being an ever-present in the league.
Not likely to see that record broken this evening in his preferred full-back role.
West Ham Predicted XI: Liverpool (H)
West Ham will be hoping to keep their dream start to 2021 going when they welcome reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to the London Stadium this evening. Despite the teams’ contrasting fortunes last season, it’s the Hammers who come into this clash in better form after making an unbeaten start to the New Year, as well as being unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions. David Moyes has got his charges well-organised and, up until this point, the Irons have proved to be a match for anyone, home or away. That was the case earlier in the season when West Ham went to Anfield and took the lead through an early Pablo Fornals strike.
CM - Declan Rice
Pivotal to the Hammers as the driving force from midfield.
Will come back in as captain.
CM - Tomas Soucek
Came off on Saturday with a view to starting here.
Equally as important as Rice in terms of how West Ham control matches.
RW - Jarrod Bowen
Broke his mini goal drought last week and will be desperate to go on a run now. Should come back into the line-up in place of Manuel Lanzini.
CAM - Said Benrahma
Much has been made over his quest for his first West Ham goal.
Few better places to get it than Palace, who were heavily linked with him in the summer.
CF - Michail Antonio
Short of persevering with Andriy Yarmolenko up front, Moyes is short on alternatives.
Antonio certainly deserves a prolonged run and should be fresh after being fully rested on Saturday – Irons just pray he doesn’t breakdown.
Wind was recently named Player of the Year in Denmark despite his inexperience in senior football and has recently been called up to the senior Denmark international team.
The Danish source suggests Wind is viewed as a ready-made replacement for Sebastien Haller, who departed the London Stadium earlier this month.
His progress is said to have attracted attention from a host of top European sides as suitors circle for his signature.
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Wind seems to have plenty to offer to the Premier League, despite the relative lack of senior football in his career.
His accolades and call-ups for Denmark are no coincidence; he is viewed in his homeland as one of the country’s best and brightest young prospects.
The versatile forward, who can also play in a deeper-lying capacity, looks to be a gamble worth taking by the West Ham board.
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David Moyes has confirmed he has a near fully-fit squad for West Ham United’s trip to Fulham on Saturday but will be expected to make one change.The Irons beat the Cottagers 1-0 when the sides met in November, with a 91st-minute strike from Tomas Soucek all that could separate the two after Ademola Lookman’s Panenka-style penalty was easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.