David Moyes has a month-and-a-half to assess his West Ham squad and figure out where improvements need to be made in the January transfer window.
And with The Sun reporting that The Hammers have joined the race for Liverpool’s forgotten man Danny Ings, it seems that Moyes has already identified the attack as an area which is in need of improvements.
The report claims that Liverpool will loan the 25-year-old out in January to give him some regular first-team football after almost two years on the sidelines with knee injuries.
Ings has shown signs of getting back to his best, netting four times in a reserve clash with Bristol City last week. And he would be a fine addition to West Ham’s squad if he can recover the form that saw him become one of the Premier League’s most in-demand players at Burnley.
How Javier Hernandez feels about these reports, however, remains to be seen. The Mexican arrived at the London Stadium amid high expiations this summer but has struggled to find his feet, mostly because the recently departed Slaven Bilic seemed intent on using the arch poacher on the wing.
And the prospect of Hernandez reuniting with Moyes, his former manager at Manchester United, is not necessarily a good thing.
Though the Scot told ESPN that Hernandez has no reason to fret about his future, calling the diminutive striker a ‘brilliant finisher, the 29-year-old started just five Premier League games during Moyes’ seven month tenure at Old Trafford.
And Ings, a similar type of aggressive and high-octane penalty box poacher and a player Moyes wanted at Real Sociedad, is likely to arrive as direct competition.
Could Hernandez's difficult start to life in London be about to get even tougher?