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Volume 7 No. 149


David Moyes has been involved in discussions about West Ham's structure since February.

Premier League side West Ham United "abandoned plans to appoint a director of football," with the club "willing to back David Moyes' judgment in the transfer market" as it prepares to appoint him as manager on a permanent contract, according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIMES. The Scot has yet to be formally offered the job, but talks over a contract extension are planned once West Ham's place in the Premier League is "mathematically secure," and "both parties anticipate that the negotiations will end with Moyes extending his stay at the London Stadium." Moyes was given a deal until the end of the season "with no guarantees or clauses stipulating an extension" when he replaced Slaven Bilic as manager last November. Moyes took a "hands-on approach" during the January transfer window, with the club's only permanent signing, Jordan Hugill, "arriving on his recommendation from Preston North End" (LONDON TIMES, 4/19).