West Ham wanted Everton's Ross Barkley this summer; should David Moyes make ambitious January bid?

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

West Ham United were linked with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley during the summer, so perhaps David Moyes' appointment could help their cause.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to a report from the Daily Star back in May, West Ham were keen to rival the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley - whose contract at Goodison Park expires at the end of this season.

Given some of the figures needed to make a deal happen - the Star reported at the time that Barkley would cost £50 million and wanted wages of £140,000 a week - it is no surprise that a move did not take place with the playmaker remaining on the Toffees' books, though West Ham were reportedly able to meet those demands.

Everton's English midfielder Ross Barkley (L) vies with West Ham United's French-born Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

But while a move did not take place during the summer, the Daily Mirror has more recently suggested that Barkley is likely to be on his way during the January transfer window with no new deal signed at Goodison Park.

The Mirror added that both Chelsea and Spurs want to sign the 23-year-old in January - but perhaps West Ham should look to rival them with an ambitious bid given the managerial appointment that they have just made.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

On paper, it is not clear why the Hammers would stand much of a chance if they did make a fresh move for Barkley given that they currently find themselves in the relegation zone in the Premier League.

But with eighth place in the table only six points away currently, new manager David Moyes overseeing a fast start could mean the Irons' season looks completely different by the time January comes around.

And considering that it was Moyes who handed Barkley his professional debut during his time with the Toffees, perhaps he may be slightly tempted by the chance to move to the London Stadium if it was offered to him, especially if Moyes convinces him that he can be a focal point of the side.

It would undoubtedly be a major surprise if West Ham did re-enter the race for Barkley and subsequently managed to win the battle for his signature, but Moyes could make a major statement by making a move for the youngster. And given that Moyes was the man who handed Barkley his first-team opportunity with the Toffees, perhaps there is the slightest chance that he would not rule out a move to the Hammers straight away.

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