The Hammers now appear to be a threat to their London rivals’ hopes of signing the striker – but Moyes has said he won’t sign any player who is not the right fit, and suggested he might even follow Manchester City’s example and play with a false nine.
Asked if he could be without a replacement, Moyes said: “Unless you do what Manchester City does, play without a No.9 and you actually play even better than you’ve ever played before.
“You get in a situation, you play with a false nine and you can do that.
“You have to start being creative and certainly Pep Guardiola has been that with what he has done at Manchester City and, who knows if we don’t have anybody, we will need to start being creative ourselves here.”
West Ham travel to face Stockport County in their FA Cup third-round clash on Monday night.