This is what Crook said on the matter according to the talkSPORT website:
“It’s been a frustrating window for West Ham, but they are actively scouring the market to try and strengthen ahead of the deadline….They’re still very much in the Europa League, they’ve got designs on the top-four in the Premier League and that will be difficult….A centre-back and a striker are high on David Moyes’ wanted list. And that centre-back could be Marseille’s Croatian international Duje Caleta-Car…He’s an excellent player and I’m led to believe it’s only an outside chance that he goes to West Ham at this moment in time…I think it would have to be a permanent transfer, with Marseille asking for as much as £20m…But keep an eye on it. If they don’t get anybody in, not only Moyes but West Ham fans in general will be disappointed.”
A Quiet Transfer Window Of Increasing Importance
Whilst January transfer windows haven’t been usually the busiest ones, they have been gaining increasing importance in recent years, and, with other top six teams still ahead of the Hammers in terms of squad strength, it would be almost a back step for West Ham if Caleta-Car doesn’t complete a move and sign this month.
Moyes is flirting with Champions League qualification, and getting a stronger defence, to add some depth and steel to the back line is a must. But, can such a big investment in the player achieve the goal of strengthening the squad? Or, is it not an upgrade on options already there?
Caleta-Car has represented the club just 15 times in all competitions this season, only registering 11 out of 21 games for the massive French club.
However, Angelo Ogbonna doesn’t seem likely to feature again this season, so reinforcements must come. However, it’s hard to believe that spending £20million on Caleta-Car-Car is a good investment, when other young defenders of great talent could fill the gap and bode well for the Hammers in the future.