It’s going to be a busy summer ahead for West Ham. A whole host of their first-team squad are heading to the EUROs to play for their respective international sides, whilst manager Slaven Bilic faces the task of overseeing a move to the Olympic Stadium.
But another job their manager must complete is adding to his squad in time for the new Premier League season. The Hammers scraped into Europe courtesy of Manchester United’s FA Cup win and if they are to have any success in Europe they will need to add a certain level of depth to their squad.
It’s going to be a long season with the Premier League, domestic cups and a European programme ahead so Bilic has no choice but to bring in some solid squad players.
So with this in mind, here’s FIVE players West Ham United should look to sign this summer.
The Chelsea midfielder has faced tough competition in the Blues team this season and with Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge arrival only a number of weeks away, his future is uncertain. Chelsea have a bulk of players to return from loans across the world and when you look at their first-team squad, Loftus-Cheek may struggle to cement a permanent role in the squad. A move to the Hammers would give him a better chance of playing time and that vital European experience too.
This promising left-back has performed well when given the chance at Old Trafford this season. In what has been his breakthrough campaign, former manager Louis van Gaal had no hesitation in giving his young players the chance to shine. But with Luke Shaw coming back from injury and Marcos Rojo the official second choice left-back, the competition may be a little too great. A loan move for both parties would be ideal.
The Southampton striker is expected to leave the Saints this season and rather than a move to his homeland, The Olympic Stadium could be a good transfer destination. The burly striker has been impressive for the Saints when given the opportunity this campaign but has struggled to find the form he showed last season. Shane Long has been preferred on a many occasions.
Norwich City may struggle to hold onto their pacey winger following their relegation back to the Championship and he could be a perfect fit at a club like West Ham. Redmond impressed in the Europa League as a 17-year-old for Birmingham City after they won the Carling Cup in 2012 so has experience in the completion – he’d be a big asset to their side.
Palace playmaker Yohan Cabaye is a complete midfielder and whether he wants to play for a club that may be flirting with relegation again next season is doubtful. The Hammers can offer him that platform to play European football and the Olympic Park faithful would love to see a player that oozes his class. Wouldn’t be cheap, but West Ham need to get the money out if they want to attract players of his calibre.