West Ham boss David Moyes admits his transfer business may not yet be over despite their bumper £175million spending spree this summer.
The Hammers smashed a club record £52million over Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paqueta this week to take their number of new signings to eight.
Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson Palmieri, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes have all moved to east London.
But Moyes could find himself in need of another centre-back before Thursday’s deadline amid rumors that Craig Dawson wants to return to the Midlands, with Aston Villa and Wolves mentioned.
On whether he would let Dawson go, Moyes said, “Ideally we wouldn’t, but it’s probably a much more complicated situation.”
He added: ‘I wouldn’t say completely no (to more business) but it might not be yes either. It may not be people coming in, it may be people going out.
Paqueta, 25, is the club’s star signing of the summer after impressing when West Ham faced Lyon in the Europa League last season.
“I’m really happy,” added Moyes. “We’ve been watching him for a long time and he really caught our eye when he played against us for Lyon and he was the player that stood out.
“We looked a lot further and didn’t think he would be available, so a big thank you to the board for making this possible.
“He can play in two or three positions and it all made sense if we could get him – and it’s never easy to get big players.”
West Ham host Tottenham in a London derby on Wednesday night, but Paqueta seems unlikely to understand.
“He hasn’t trained with us yet, we only did the paperwork last night and we’re awaiting his arrival as he had to get his visa etc today,” Moyes said.
“But look, he signed and that’s the most important thing. He will be a great player for us.