West Ham’s failure to sign players in the transfer market should come as no “big surprise”, David Moyes said in his first press chat since the January transfer window closed.

Before the window closed, Moyes made it clear he would like to add to his squad, but in all fairness to the manager he still added the caveat that the January market is notoriously difficult to navigate.

Despite “three club-record offers” for players in the window, West Ham enter the second half of the season without any reinforcements, but Moyes is happy that is not a risk.

“There was no intention to take risks, I wouldn’t use the word risk because we have other people who can play there,” Moyes said.

“We always tried to add to what we thought we could do. It would be hard to top Jarrod if we’re talking about another striker.”

Moyes explained that the reason he would settle for anything less than his targeted signings was due to the need for players to fight for the starting spot and not just make numbers.

“I didn’t just want backup, I wanted real competition,” he added. “I could have easily gone out and bought backup, easily. I wanted people who were actually going to take other people’s shirts and challenge them.”

The manager made it clear that the decisions taken were his own and he had the full backing of the board if the right players were available to him.

“The board was great during the January window and it has been since I’ve been here,” Moyes said. “They supported us a lot and made funds available and we tried to use the money as best we could, but we just couldn’t get a few players that I really liked, so I prefer saving money rather than wasting it.”

One man the Hammers missed was their former forward Jesse Lingard. The Manchester United striker is out of contract this summer and West Ham have already been linked with a move for the future free agent, not that Moyes is willing to give anything away on the matter.

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said when asked about the players’ future.