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    David Moyes offers fitness update on West Ham


    Update

    West Ham United have fitness doubts over a couple of their players ahead of the weekend, with Andy Carroll one of those names – and someone who is prone to injury, but a key player for the Hammers. 

    Carroll has been linked with a move to Chelsea, yet it seems that he will be staying at West Ham for the foreseeable future, with Moyes more concerned over a possible long term injury to Michail Antonio.

    Buying

    It seems that Moyes, like many managers is not keen on the January window, and has made it obvious that he thinks more buys turn out badly than they do well – yet despite that, the club could well look to buying players, especially with one of their key injuries, to Michail Antonio who is undergoing more tests to see just how serious his injury is – and if there are lasting issues, Moyes has hinted the club will dip into the market.

    Moyes wrote in his column for Standard Sport“Like most, if not all managers, I don’t much like this window. I don’t think it works for many people although, having said that, it can be useful if something unforeseen happens and your priority changes.

    We could have that scenario here. Michail Antonio has not fully recovered from a groin problem. Our medical people believe it could clear up in a couple of weeks but if not it could be more serious.

    We’re not sure yet but if it is the latter — and that would be a real shame — we will need to go out to try to make a suitable signing this month because we will need someone who plays down that righthand side.

    That apart though, a lot about this window is an unwelcome distraction.

    It’s not unusual in the Premier League, for example, for players who are not in their club teams to think they can move on when, in fact, they can’t.

    Of course, transfers are a vital part of football but I’m convinced, if you look back over previous seasons, there have been too many deals done in January, which haven’t worked out.”

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