West Ham have shown their backing for new manager David Moyes by handing the Scotsman £30m to invest in new players during the January transfer window, according to reports by The Sun.
Moyes will look to bolster his new side with the money originally set aside by the Hammers to bring in William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, before the deal fell through in August.
However, Moyes - who tried to bring in Carvalho during his time at Manchester United - may come back in for the Portuguese midfielder in January, as he is said to be a big admirer of the 25-year-old.
West Ham only have one out-and-out holding midfielder in their current ranks with Pedro Obiang and have been handed a vote of confidence by Sporting Lisbon’s president Bruno de Carvalho, who has claimed that a deal between the two sides could still be reached, despite the bad blood created between the clubs during their negotiations in the summer.
Another player who Moyes may look to bring in is Hadjuk Split midfielder Hamza Barry, who is also on the radar of both Everton and Watford. The 23-year-old will cost around £5m.
Moyes has already begun to make his mark on his new side, first of all by calling out £24m summer signing Marko Arnautovic, claiming the Austrian international needs to become a “team-player” if he wants to play any part in his side.
Speaking to The Sun, Moyes said of the former Stoke man: "I watched him a lot at Stoke, I thought he looked like the sort of player you would never be keen to play against because of his power and strength and what he can do. But he also has to be a team player. The clips I have seen at times, he has not looked a team player."
West Ham face-up against Watford at Vicarage Road today at four o’clock. With a win, Moyes will take his side out of the relegation zone on his first game in charge for the east Londoners.