West Ham United manager David Moyes ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth round game against Wigan Athletic, was questioned on his supposed interest in Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz. During the pre-match press conference, the former Real Sociedad manager’s response to such questions were posted on the club’s official website.
With Joao Mario only after arriving from Inter Milan, any move for another central midfielder would seem unlikely. Moyes himself hinted to a lack of depth and balance shortly after taking the hotseat in London. As a result, West Ham have been interest in a number of players during this January transfer window.
With Fabian now having signed an extended contract with Real Betis, it is highly unlikely any movement will be made from Spain’s under-21 star. The midfielder supposedly rejected both Barcelona and Real Madrid’s advances in the past month. With that, he would have no trouble palming off West Ham in the process.
Moyes spoke to the press on Thursday regarding the plethora of players his side have been linked with. The Scotsman had no qualms in shutting down the idea that he had not been tracking Fabian:
“It’s not strange for a manager to go out and watch games. We go out and watch a lot of games and we want to be as up-to-date as we can be. Reports that I was watching Fabian at Betis was not right, though.”
With less than a week remaining in the January transfer window, a lot of movement will take place. One transfer that will not be happening is Fabian to West Ham however. The East London club have signed Joao Mario when they realised Fabian was not an option. Moyes’ staff were known to be tracking the player early in the season – before he signed his new and improved contract.