West Ham make January spending call after Kretinsky cash boost

 West Ham are not planning a January buying spree after the investment of Czech Republic billionaire Daniel Kretinsky.

The London Evening Standard says Kretinsky on Wednesday completed his purchase of a 27 per cent stake in West Ham in a deal thought to be worth over £180million.

Forbes value Kretinsky's personal wealth at £2.9billion and vice-chair Karren Brady says his arrival will “assist in the development of the club's key areas of focus".

His initial investment will help West Ham pay their debt which stands at £150m and David Moyes is unlikely to spend big in January as the Hammers chase Champions League qualification, though the Scot will be backed to bring in a central defender and a back-up striker to cover for Michail Antonio.

Moyes could also go back in for another move for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard following his successful loan spell last season.

A central defender has become more of a priority for West Ham after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a serious knee injury in Sunday's 3-2 win over Liverpool.