Amidst the rumors of Diafra Sakho and possible Javier Hernandez departures from West Ham United, David Moyes expressed his desire Friday afternoon to keep both of his pacey forwards.
In the Hammers’ manager weekly press conference before the match at Huddersfield, Moyes didn’t come close to confirming if a deal with Crystal Palace was reached for Sakho’s services, as well as compliment the Mexican forward for being one of the world’s best in the box. He also added that Sakho, Hernandez and Andy Carroll will all hopefully remain with the club despite the Janaury transfer speculation surrounding them all.
“I’m not aware of it all, I know there’s been talk of it,” Moyes said. “Diafra is injured, so I couldn’t give you any update on it at all. I’m sorry, no. There’s been talks, of course there’s been talks, I think everyone has been aware of that for a long time here. We’re more than happy to keep Diafra. We like him, he’s been good while he’s been here. We have no problem if he’s still here.”
“No, I think you have to say the form of Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio have made it difficult from the start. Chicharito is a really good player. His finishing is as good as it is anywhere. He thrives on balls in the box and things around the box. Maybe not in a lot of games, we may not have had quite that service to give him. But it would be hard pushed to say that he would necessarily be playing in front of the two players I mentioned at the moment.”
“I don’t want any of them to go,” Moyes added. “We need no players to leave here. We need to add to our squad. So ideally, we strengthen. My intention is to not let anyone of them go.
The contest against David Wagner’s side will be a stretch of games that will certainly determine if the Hammers will have to fight for survival until the season’s end. It’s a crucial epoch that Moyes is fully aware of the importance.
“It’s a really important period for us. We have come through a real difficult period. Then we went into sort of a heavy period with not only the number of fixtures, but the teams we were playing. I think the games are very hard to call, and I think between now and end of the season, the bottom 10 to 12 teams, the results are not foregone conclusions. So we need to try and win the games to make sure we’re a Premier League club.”
Antonio, Carroll, Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, James Collins and Aaron Cresswell are all either questionable or doubts to play vs Huddersfield.