Howe’s wise words serve as a major warning to Moyes on transfers

The wise words of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe come as a major warning to his West Ham counterpart David Moyes over transfers this summer.

If Howe worked wonders in a short time at Newcastle United, Moyes performed a minor miracle at West Ham.

Howe turned around a desperate situation at St James’s Park to comfortably save Newcastle from relegation last season.

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In two years, Moyes took West Ham from the relegation candidates themselves and turned them into a true European side.

So genuine in fact, many felt the Hammers should have lifted the Europa League trophy last month after their huge semi-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

At the heart of Howe’s success at Newcastle and Moyes’ success at West Ham are good transfer deals.

Looking ahead to next season, this promises to be the most fiercely competitive Premier League yet.

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Cities like Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton and Crystal Palace will all be battling West Ham for the European places.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea will likely improve their already impressive squads.

While Howe was active in January, spending around £95million on catches such as Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn, West Ham fans were left hugely disappointed when Moyes failed to make any signings.

Heading into the summer, Aston Villa have already landed four top quality signings while Newcastle are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to sign West Ham target Hugo Ekitike.

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The Magpies are also linked with a blockbuster move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

The transfer window opens this week. And as usual, West Ham have been linked with a plethora of players.

Defender Nayef Aguerd appears to be close to a move to the London Stadium and there are rumors that Moyes wants to make Alphonse Areola’s deal permanent and sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

After a slew of departures, however, West Ham need at least six or seven quality signings. So there is no time to lose.

Given the proactive nature of Newcastle and Villa’s business, some West Ham fans fear they will be left behind.

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Moyes has a reputation for taking his time to do due diligence on all signings.

So Newcastle boss Howe’s wise words serve as a major transfer warning to his West Ham counterpart Moyes.

“I was joking with someone that the planning would start on the coach on the way home (from the last game of the season),” Howe said (sky sports).

“Then I thought again, it can wait until Monday, but really it starts right away.

“You have to. The Premier League moves so fast, the competition is so strong, you have to try to be ahead of the game.

“We have to try to be reasonable in what we do this summer. We know this is a great moment for the club.

Hammers boss David Moyes with head of recruiting Rob Newman. Photo: West Ham

Moyes must heed Howe’s words when it comes to this summer transfer window. Given the lack of activity at West Ham in January when there was so much to play for in the second half of the season, fans have high expectations and rightly so.

West Ham, with Rob Newman in charge of recruitment and boosted by the new financial muscle of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, should be well prepared and ready to sign when the window opens.

If they are not, as Howe points out, there is a huge risk of being left behind.


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