Over the last few years, West Ham have gone from strength to strength, with last season’s campaign a particular highlight.
Slaven Bilic has built the London side into a real force in the Premier League, and that growth will no doubt continue going into the 2016/17.
With West Ham wanting to solidify themselves as a top 6 team in the League, they will no doubt be seeking some world class talent over the next few weeks as they look to bolster their squad to compete at the highest level; and they would be hard pressed to find a league more full with talent than the Premier League
Whilst transfers within the Premier League often carry inflated price tags, the main advantage they offer is that team’s can see how a player performs within the English league, rather than risking that on a foreign purchase.
Tottenham Hotspur has become a breeding ground for top quality talents in the Premier League, with the club’s scouting network excelling at bringing in outside talent to utilise or sell on. West Ham would be wise to look at their squad as they look to bring in proven, top quality talent.
With that, here are THREE players West Ham should cherry pick from Tottenham
Starting off with a player that West Ham have seemingly already cherry picked; Nacer Chadli would be a great signing for West Ham.
We brought you the news in March that West Ham were after the Tottenham winger, with Bilic’s side keen to bolster their attacking options. The report suggested that the club would chase the winger during this summer, and whilst no move has reportedly come to fruition yet; there is still time.
Whilst Chadli is a fan favourite at Tottenham, increased competition for places have made his position in the first team less secure, and he could be looking for a way out as he seeks regular game time. With West Ham keen to bolster their attacking line up, he could be the perfect acquisition for the London side.
With West Ham’s Olympic Stadium move well under way, a signing with the calibre of Chadli would be a great way to introduce new fans to the side.
With no updates on the transfer in recent weeks, we aren’t sure where this deal stands. But he would be an absolute star at West Ham.
Whilst West Ham would no doubt love to get their hands on a Tottenham star like Harry Kane, realistically that sort of transfer will never happen. Instead, the fast-improving London side will have to look at some of Tottenham more rotational talents in order to find players that might be more readily available.
One such star is Ryan Mason; a player that has always been on the cusp of greatness at Tottenham, but never really broken the ceiling into the first team.
The 2014/15 campaign was a standout one for the midfielder, whilst he was expected to kick on and cement himself throughout 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately for him, that didn’t happen, and he lost his spot in the team to Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele.
Mason’s future is a heavily debated topic at the minute, with some fans backing him for one more season; whilst others would like to see him given a chance elsewhere.
West Ham have been linked with a whole host of top central midfielders this summer, and whilst they have been unsuccessful so far; Ryan Mason does have the credentials to be a real performer for the side.
He has been heavily linked with a move to Bournemouth, but if that doesn’t pan out; he could definitely do a job at West Ham. He would never be a star of the side; but as he has shown at Tottenham he definitely has moments of brilliance.
For a low fee, it would be a no risk high reward type scenario for West Ham.
The departure of Son Heung-Min would no doubt disappoint a lot of Tottenham fans, with the ex-Dortmund winger having impressed on a number of occasions over the last year or so – but if numerous reports, including this one from The Telegraph, are to be believed – Tottenham could be looking to sell the South Korean this summer.
A host of poor performances towards the tail end of the year, according to The Telegraph, sealed the fate of the talented attacker, and it seems that Tottenham might be keen to cut their losses.
Contrastingly, West Ham are reportedly in the market for attacking players, and if he is available cheaply – Son Heung-Min could be a real coup for the London side.
He showed moments of brilliance last year, so he definitely has the talent. He just needs to do it week in week out – and we would definitely back Bilic to be able to get the best out of him.
You can also not underestimate the importance of his nationality, with West Ham’s new stadium move giving the club lots of marketing opportunities worldwide.
It would be a risk, given that he was disappointing last season; but he has all the potential in the world – he just needs someone to bring the best out of him.
Like Mason, if he can be signed for a cheap fee – it would be a no risk high reward scenario for West Ham United.