West Ham United boss David Moyes ‘might be forced to think again’ over his summer transfer targets if the Hammers fail to qualify for Europe next season, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
Moyes was unable to welcome any reinforcements to the London Stadium in January, but he will be presented with another opportunity to draft in fresh faces at the end of the campaign.
According to The Sun, West Ham and Newcastle United are set to battle it out for Union Berlin frontman Taiwo Awoniyi when the transfer window reopens.
The report suggests the Hammers could be forced to part with as much as £30million in order to tempt the Bundesliga outfit into selling the 24-year-old, who went into the weekend having scored 17 goals so far this season.
Moyes could also return for targets the east Londoners missed out on in January, with the West Ham chief understood to be ‘willing to wait’ until the summer after failing with a £50million bid for Leeds United central midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips’ Elland Road team-mate Raphinha has been on the Hammers’ radar as well, with another £50million proposal turned down.
West Ham saw a club-record £60million offer pushed back by Portuguese side Benfica for striker Darwin Nunez on deadline day of the January window, but it has been revealed that increasing that bid by £7million would be enough to acquire his services in the summer.
Brown believes how West Ham finish the campaign could go a long way to determining which of Moyes’ targets are attainable.
The journalist feels failing to qualify for European football may result in potential acquisitions snubbing a switch to the London Stadium.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think that they’ll change their targets depending where they finish, but they might be forced to think again if players don’t want to come because they’re not in Europe.”
Winning the Europa League would result in West Ham booking a Champions League spot for next season, but their ongoing participation in the competition is hanging in the balance following a 1-1 draw with French side Lyon in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
The Hammers could also book their place in either of the two leading European tournaments by finishing in the Premier League’s top six.
Achieving that is still a distinct possibility, but teams around them – including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United – have a game or more in hand.