Benitez is not a necessity for West Ham United but winger could be useful

West Ham United are considering making a move for Independiente winger Martin Benitez, according to ESPN’s live transfer blog (July 23, 14:30).

What’s the word?

New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has moved swiftly in the summer market since being appointed as David Moyes’s successor.

The Argentine, who won the Premier League title while in charge of Manchester City, has already recruited seven new faces.

Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson have all come through the welcome gates at the London Stadium.

Now, according to ESPN’s live transfer blog (July 23, 14:30), Argentine winger Benitez is now on Pellegrini’s radar.

The 24-year-old has played for the South American club for his entire career so far, but he has just one year remaining on his current deal.

What would Benitez provide?

Given the recent acquisitions, the Hammers are not screaming out for a new winger, but it is important to have strength in depth.

Plus, the pacy attack-minded player has versatility on his side in that he can feature in a variety of positions on the pitch.

Predominantly, the Argentine plays on the right wing, but he can also switch to the left or play behind the striker.

He has scored 15 goals and recorded 10 assists in 81 Primera Division matches, and while that may not be hugely impressive on paper, there is no doubt that he would push the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko at the London Stadium and make the Irons an unstoppable attacking force in 2018/19.