West Ham minority shareholder Daniel Kretinsky has suggested that fans should not expect any big signings during the January transfer window.
The likes of Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, as well Arsenal pair Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah, have been reported as potential targets to strengthen David Moyes’ squad. However, Kretinsky has stated that a more conservative approach will be followed:
“We have come to support the club but – so as to manage supporters’ expectations – that doesn’t mean big spending in the January transfer window. I’m hugely impressed by the work of David Moyes and his team who have improved results over a long period of time. This gradual evolution is, in my opinion, the most healthy way to build a strong club on a firm basis and with the right attitudes and culture.”
Kretinsky did pay £150m for a 27% stake in the Hammers and it was hoped that some of it would be reinvested into the transfer budget, but that doesn’t seem likely currently.
Of course, it doesn’t preclude the club from going after players like Lingard or Nketiah, who will have six months remaining on their contracts in the New Year anyway, but it will end any hopes that Kretinsky will be looking to make his mark straight away.
The Czech businessman is worth an estimated £3bn and he reportedly has an option to buy the club outright from David Gold and David Sullivan in the future.