West Ham are expected to spend big this January, even though they are walking on an FFP tightrope, according to reports.

Things have gone from bad to worse very quickly at West Ham. It started with Kudus going to AFCON and Antonio getting injured again as he neared return. Then, just days later, Bowen and Paqueta went down injured against Bristol City, leaving the Hammers without any of their four first choice attackers. 

Obviously, this has left the club in quite the predicament as they were planning on selling players before they bought anyone in, but this flips the situation on its head. It seems like the club has little choice but to play a dangerous game by risking breaching the FFP regulations they have been so cautious about sticking to in order to carry on their push for Europe, according to journalist Sam Dean.

Dean stated that West Ham “are now ready to spend” on X, naming Jack Clarke and Steven Bergwijn as two potential targets.

Given that they will still be wary of the rules, the Irons seem likely to take risks on cheaper players from the lower leagues, especially homegrown ones. Someone like Jack Clarke could be the perfect signing as he looks capable of taking that leap to the Premier League.

Whoever they choose to sign, the board must be absolutely certain that the cost can be covered by outgoings. There is no point bringing in players for an injury crisis that lasts a month or two if our Irons then get deducted points. Missing out on Europe due to injuries would hurt, having it stripped away from us due to FFP would be heartbreaking.

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