West Ham have internally expressed a keen interest in becoming part of a prestigious pre-season tour of the United States next summer.
As discussed this week on The West Ham Way Podcast with Dave Walker and ExWHUEmployee, Ex revealed that 6 teams from the Premier League would be taking part, which would tour the US and is seen as a lucrative commercial opportunity for the club.
The tour was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of this year, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed – with the intention it will now take place in 2023 – and the West Ham owners are keen for the club to be one of the teams taking part.
The ultimate decision, and rightly so, will sit with manager David Moyes though, with the West Ham boss in need of persuading as he is known to not be a fan of long distance travelling for players in pre-season.
It is understood at this stage Moyes isn’t overly keen, due to fears the tour could hamper the fitness of players ahead of a hectic Premier League season and the hope we will also have European football too if we manage to qualify again for the 3rd consecutive campaign.
The club though see this as a huge opportunity to help raise the profile of West Ham, especially in the US with the interest in Premier League football there growing rapidly. The status of West Ham has risen in recent years due to our positive league finishes and of course reaching the semi-final of the Europa League last season, so the owners will want to continue on this trajectory.
Speaking on the podcast, Ex felt the move would be of benefit to the club and that too of the West Ham fans we have over across the pond.
“We know too well how many loyal West Ham fans we have in the US,” stated Ex. “It would be fantastic for them. Also what an opportunity for the club to raise the profile. I am definitely for it.”