West Ham United have reportedly resorted to begging fellow Premier League clubs for their cast-offs in order to bolster their own squad for the rest of this season.
The Telegaph reported on Tuesday night that the Hammers had enquired as to the availability of Manchester United forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
They have since expanded on that by revealing that West Ham’s desperation has led to them writing letters to five top Premier League clubs – namely Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City – to ask if they would be willing to loan one of their out-of-favour players to the relegation-threatened club.
Strikers and defenders are believed to top of Slaven Bilic’s wishlist going into the January window, with a goal difference of -12 being among the worst in the league.
To that end, the report name-checks the aforementioned Rashford and Martianl, as well as Chris Smalling from the same club, but also Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi and Branislav Ivanovic, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho, and Arsenal duo Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson.
The likelihood of most of those players being allowed to leave their respective clubs is relatively low (though they could have some luck with Jenkinson, Debuchy or Sakho), and the report is quick to point out that the bids were made in hope rather than anything more substantial.
In any event, Bilic knows that he will have to bring players to the club in the next transfer window. A fortuitous 1-0 win against Hull last weekend game West Ham some breathing space above the relegation places, but they remain in a battle to maintain their Premier League status for next season.
The reason why they didn’t write a letter to Tottenham, as per the report, is due to the level of animosity that exists between the two clubs.