‘Cornet
is in the building’ - Moyes gives big update on signings and Scamacca fitness
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David Moyes has revealed that Maxwell Cornet is close to joining West Ham United – and says he is still chasing more signings.

The 25-year old Ivorian winger, who hit nine goals at relegated Burnley last year, is set to become the fifth arrival of the summer at the London Stadium.

The reported fee of £17.5 million will take the Irons’ summer spending to nearly £100 million, having already snapped up Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, and Alphonse Areola – but Moyes doesn’t want to stop there.

Speaking ahead of their curtain raiser this weekend, the West Ham boss confirmed that a deal for Cornet is imminent:

“He’s in the building now, so hopefully we can get that one done.

“We need to do an awful lot more business. We lost four players and we have to fill in voids. We want to bring in quality players and we’ve got lots of area we would like to address. Once we get them completed, it will be a lot easier to speak about."

  • Scamacca latest

The most expensive of the arrivals so far is Italian striker Scamacca, who comes with a big reputation and has set pulses racing in East London. According to Moyes, he’s a player that the Irons have been following for some time:

“We have watched Gianluca for a long time, his link play and build-up play is very impressive.

“23 is young for someone to come into the Premier League, you have to give young players time. He will give us a different dimension, the two of them [with Antonio] at times too.”

Moyes, however, says that the hitman is unlikely to play any part this weekend.

“Gianluca has only just joined us and he’s a little bit behind so I’m not expecting him to be available this weekend.

“He’s not played any minutes in pre-season so it makes it very difficult to put him out so soon. He has trained but not as regularly and consistently, and the transfer took quite a bit off him. We’ve got him in, I like what I see."

  • Facing the Champions

The Hammers could not have asked for a tougher start than a fixture against the reigning champions, though they performed well against City last season. A hard-fought 2-2 draw at the London stadium in May followed a narrow 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture. They also took City’s scalp in the EFL Cup, becoming the first team to beat them in that competition for five years.

Moyes is in no doubt about the size of the task on Sunday, but is nonetheless hoping for a repeat:

“We’re playing Man City and of course, it’s incredibly tough, but they’re going to come here and have a hard game as well. They are a top class side which we’ve seen for many years and I think we’ll see that again this year.

“It was one of the plusses last year that we performed better against the Citys, Liverpools, Chelseas. We’ll need to play really well against them to get the result, they’ve got the odd addition now as well.”

  • Team news

On team news, the Scotsman was coy, though did confirm that Angelo Ogbonna will miss out.

“We’ve got a lot of concerns but I’m not going to give you them. Ogbonna is playing this afternoon for the under-23s, he’s played his first 90 minutes last week. He’s doing really well but he’s not ready to be considered for the first team yet.”

  • Ambitions for the season

Having come so close to grabbing a spot in the Europa League for the second consecutive year, the Hammers will be desperate not to miss out again this year. Moyes, 59, is an elder statesman these days in the Premier League and confirmed that his ambition for the season ahead is as high as ever.

“I love being back. There is quite a big job going on here to compete as much as we have been in the past two seasons.

“I think if we can continue to make West Ham seen as a European club, that would be incredible progress. That is a big step, a big jump and we have done that in an incredible period.”

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