‘Absolute fraud’ is just one of the things said by West Ham fans who have been left disgusted by an insider’s transfer claim.
The Hammers fanbase have been speaking out in disgust at recent links to Scotland striker Oli McBurnie, who just endured relegation with Sheffield United.
West Ham surprised everyone with a high finish in the Premier League table for the 2020/21 season, and with European football secure, their priority this summer is to sign at least one new striker.
David Moyes knows that he has to beef up his squad in key areas, particularly up front, but West Ham fans have quickly made it clear they are not happy with one particular new link – which has gone quiet over the last few days.
Insiders Claret and Hugh, who are known to have direct links to the club’s owners, have rather worryingly claimed they are looking at potentially moving for McBurnie, with a £10million price-tag placed on him.
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He joined the Blades from Swansea City for around £20 million in the summer of 2019, after scoring 22 goals in 58 games for the Welsh outfit. That immediately got fans questioning whether he was even worth that amount.
He went on to flop, showing how slow and immobile the forward could be, struggling for goals during his time at Bramall Lane with a disappointing seven in 65 games.
At 24 years of age, McBurnie fits Moyes’s recruitment policy in terms of age. However he has no other redeeming features that would suggest he could fit in to how West Ham play with pace and power.
McBurnie scored only one goal for all season as the Blades dropped back into the second tier of English football.
It’s not wonder that West Ham fans have been left disgusted and describing him as an ‘absolute fraud’ by the insider’s claim.
The fact the news comes from insiders Claret and Hugh has fans thinking Sullivan and Gold are looking to do things on the cheap this summer, something Hammers fans don’t exactly want to hear.
— Gd (@GddWHUFC1974) May 30, 2021
Moyes loves a challenge 😂
— Jonesy ☆ #GSBOUT (@RockyWhu) May 30, 2021
@callumwhu123: No no no
@billybondz: The next Jordan Hugill
@OurKezz: Moyes could be interested in signing my Nan and I’d be confident of him turning her into a goalscorer
@samdruiff: Absolutely not. Pub level player
@SimonJRayfield: I’d rather continue to have no strikers at the club.
@rbm1895: I’d rather he came back
@petewhu1966: He’s absolutely shit ffs
@mattdcrane82: Nah, let’s skip this one!
@dannykerr82: How much?!
@_Lewis_A: No thanks
@jackdooley1999: Pass me a bucket
@GrahamBuckle1: No thanks I’m 60 id score more goals
@ChickenRunChris: Is it April fools day!!
@johnnymann61: Fxxxing 10 mil. He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, this season.
@pintofnumbers: A non scoring striker – just what we need…..
@IRONPRINCE01: Please no
@Jay8320: Leave it out…..
@Reece_WHU_: Wtf 😂😂
Meanwhile, David Moyes has agreed a new three-year contract at West Ham and the deal is close to being finalised.
Moyes came into charge for a six-month spell at West Ham during the 2017/18 season and rejoined the club in December 2019 after Manuel Pellegrini was sacked.
Speaking after West Ham secured European qualification on the final day of the season, Moyes said: “I think it’s a huge achievement from where we came from. It’s the biggest step the club has ever made – to jump this far is incredible. We are in a really good place at the moment.
“I think the players have been remarkable, we have grown as a team and got better and we are in a really good place at the moment. We have to take it on again and keep up the standards we have set.
“If I have the exact same group of players next season I think we can continue to be successful. I am hoping we can add similar characters to the squad next season.”
What the manager has said
David Moyes on…
The club’s hopes of signing Jesse Lingard: “I am not actually sure how realistic it is. Obviously, I think Jesse has enjoyed himself, I hope he has… we have enjoyed having him and he is Manchester United’s player so they can decide what to do with him – and if they want to let him go then let’s hope he would consider us as one of his options.”
On the prospect of Marko Arnautovic returning: I’m trying to build towards a new team, a new West Ham. I’m trying not to go back if I can help it. It’s not to say that I would never go there, I would do of course. We might get a chance to see how Marko plays in the Euros. I hope I do because I really like him… Maybe Marko would like to come back. But he’s on a lot of money in China so I’m not sure we’d be able to afford that.”
On Tammy Abraham costing £40m: “It would rule us out completely…if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out. We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no. Is that sort of figure our total spend? It may well be. But you never know here. I don’t think we will be making a purchase of that for any one player. I’d be surprised if we were.”
On what the club could do this summer: “I think we’ll have a bit of money to spend. Maybe the new TV deal might have made the owners realise that there’s money coming in for the next three, four years. But at the moment, regardless how much money I’ll have to spend, I’ll try and make it work the best I can. I might need to juggle it and do different bits of wheeling and dealing if I can.”