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MOYES TAKES TRANSFER CONTROL AT WEST HAM

DAVID MOYES wants to change the perception of West Ham by taking responsibility for transfer affairs to help make the club challengers again.

The West Ham manager leads his club against relegation-threatened Aston Villa today targeting European qualification next season after narrowly avoiding the drop this year.

The proud Scot acknowledges finances could be tight for owners David Sullivan and David Gold, but is emphatic that there is no doubt HE has is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of their recruitment.

“I wouldn’t do the job if I didn’t have the final say.

“I’m too experienced. I wouldn’t be in a situation where if I wasn’t going to get that opportunity, I wouldn’t do it.

“We lose our jobs by our decisions and I want it to be that way where if I don’t do the job well enough I want it to be because of my decisions, that’s the way I want it.”

Moyes says he has started discussing summer targets now Premier League football is assured, but is aware there is increasing interest in his star player Declan Rice.

The England international has been a target for Chelsea, where he started his career, and reports emerged over the weekend they would consider offering Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi or Fikayo Tomori on loan or part-exdchange for the ambitious 21-year-old.

“I think it’s well known that the owners spent a lot of money in the last year or two. I think things are going to be much tighter,” Moyes added. “We need to see how that goes, we’re discussing one or two things.

“Quite often I’ve had to work with no money before. If I have to work with little money then I’ll do the best that I can and get the best out of a players, hoping to try and improve what we’ve got.

“We’ll work together, of course I always work together with the owners, the relationship is really important.

“My relationship with Bill Kenwright at Everton was incredible and it was probably the reason we rebuilt Everton from a team around the bottom of the Premier League to a team every year that was either challenging for the Champions League, qualifying for the Europa League and being around those places every year.

“That takes time, it takes a trust from both parties.

“I hope that they trust me, I’m going to give them the trust that they will put in me to make the right decision.

“Being a Scotsman I only spend my money wisely, I don’t spend it badly and I’ll always try to get the best deal I can. I am never going to waste anybody’s cash.”

West Ham can not finish any higher than their current 15th

place and will give late fitness tests to Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Cresswell, who picked up knocks at Manchester United in midweek.

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