May 18, 2021

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Moyes reacts to talk of £40m Abraham raid as Chelsea striker sees West Ham move mooted

The England international has struggled to play regularly under Thomas Tuchel, but all contenders will have to spend a lot on him

David Moyes has ruled West Ham out of the race for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, with Hammers boss claiming a asking price of £ 40million ($ 55million) was too much for his side.

An England international striker struggling for regular playing time under Thomas Tuchel saw several suggested touchdowns heading towards the summer transfer window.

A move through London has been speculated, with figures like Leicester and Aston Villa also reportedly in the running, but Moyes says there is no chance the 23-year-old will end up in the East End given of the numbers involved.

What was said?

Asked whether West Ham could make a £ 40million approach for Abraham, Moyes told reporters: “That would shut us out completely. We will be shut out.

“So if that’s the number and that’s what it says, we’re left out.

“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at this price, no.

“Is that kind of a number our total expense? Maybe so. But you never know here.

“I don’t think we’ll make this a one-player buy. I’d be surprised if we were.”

The big picture

Tuchel admitted that Abraham was increasingly frustrated with his lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

He featured in Chelsea’s last Premier League outing, a 2-0 derby victory over Fulham, but only saw 14 minutes on the bench and has only made two appearances since February 20.

A fresh start may be necessary, but a contract until 2023 means Abraham won’t be cheap for any of his suitors.

West Ham may be on the verge of snagging a bargain as they remain on the hunt for a top-four ranking and a European qualification, but must prioritize a thoughtful approach to recruiting.

Additions to the London stadium are expected, especially if continental action is added to the agenda, but Moyes seems ready to spread his funds a bit finer rather than spending large additions.

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