David Moyes intent on giving West Ham ‘state-of-the-art’ recruitment setup

Jack Rosser
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<p>Catching up: David Moyes believes West Ham have been a long way behind the curve when it comes to transfer operations</p> (Pool via REUTERS)

Catching up: David Moyes believes West Ham have been a long way behind the curve when it comes to transfer operations

(Pool via REUTERS)

David Moyes remains set on overhauling West Ham's recruitment operation, but is happy to continuing unearthing gems with a small staff until then.

Moyes is keen to bring in a head of recruitment in east London to aid the scouting and signing of new players, much of which the Hammers manager currently does himself.

The former Everton boss feels West Ham are well behind the curve when it comes to recruitment and is an admirer of the model implemented by Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

The 57-year-old spent most of his time in isolation following a positive test for coronavirus earlier this season poring over footage of potential signings before landing Vladimir Coufal - with some help from Tomas Soucek, his former team-mate and another canny recruit under Moyes.

During Manuel Pellegrini's time at the club, Mario Husillos - a long-term friend of the Chilean - was appointed director of football to little success, but the business done by Moyes so far should be enough to convince the club he knows what is best when it comes to recruitment.

Moyes revealed to Standard Sport in August that he intended to appoint a head of recruitment and, when asked if that was still his plan, the Scot said on Thursday: "Yes, it's my long-term job. I want to get us a state-of-the-art recruitment department for the future which we can look to and use.

"We are undoubtedly behind, I would argue probably every other club in that area. But it's something I will fix, it's something I want to get in place better.

"But let me tell you, if we can bring in a Tomas Soucek this January window like we did last January window, without too many people in the staff, I will take that because they've done a great job."

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