West Ham boss David Moyes has refused to entertain questions surrounding his side’s reported interest in Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.
Reports on Thursday claimed that Moyes is keen on bringing England international Barkley to the London Stadium on a loan deal, although the Blues are said to be resisting the Hammers’ approaches.
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, however, Moyes was in no mood to discuss the claims.
He said: “The one thing I will never do is talk about players at other clubs, so as not to upset other managers, and it’s wrong to do so.
“Anything we think will improve our side we will be interested to try and bring in.”
The speculation follows Tottenham’s announcement of a loan deal on Wednesday for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes, who was also on West Ham’s radar.
Asked if he was disappointed to lose out on the 21-year-old, Moyes said: “Was I disappointed? Well I don’t know, we will see in time.
“I’m sure Tottenham will see him as a good signing. We’ve got other targets we have in mind and are looking at and will look to bring in the right ones if we can do.”
This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of David Sullivan and David Gold buying West Ham.
The Hammers made the controversial move to the Olympic Stadium in that time, but progress on the pitch has not been so obvious – they were 17th when the takeover happened and they will kick off against Everton on Saturday in 16th.
Sullivan and Gold turned to Moyes last month to replace Manuel Pellegrini, having previously opted not to renew the Scot’s contract after his previous six-month stint in charge.
Nevertheless, Moyes said: “I’ve found them very good and that might sound strange for someone who was let go by them a year and a half ago.
“I have found them very straight, they talk correctly. I have had a chance to work with other types of owners and sometimes you always wish for something better and the grass isn’t always greener.
“Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold have always been willing to help, to see if there is anything I need so I would only say good things.”
Felipe Anderson is a doubt to face Everton after suffering a rib injury at Sheffield United last week.