West Ham are expected to sell both Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang this summer, and they can push themselves into the top six by adding Francis Coquelin to the potential capture of Mario Lemina.
According to Sky Sports, the Hammers are in “advanced talks” to sell Obiang back to Sampdoria.
It seems he won’t be the only one leaving though, as Sky Sports have claimed that Kouyate could move to Crystal Palace for around £10m.
West Ham have already spent tons of money this summer, but one area they still haven’t fixed is their midfield. Jack Wilshere adds skill and creativity, but Manuel Pellegrini needs some defensive stability in there.
The report on Obiang said Pellegrini will pursue Southampton’s Lemina as a replacement, but if he wants a midfield to match the new look attack he should look at former Arsenal hard man Coquelin as well.
Lemina is technically gifted, smart and quick, but he and Wilshere would still struggle to cover the back four. Add Coquelin into the mix, and the Hammers would have a midfield packed with energy, steel and technical ability.
With Marko Arnautovic firing on all cylinders in pre-season, the prospect of a front three with Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko either side of the Austrian is really quite something.
If Pellegrini is serious about pushing the Hammers towards the top six though, he needs a midfield capable of both breaking up play and getting the ball forward quickly to that swashbuckling attacking trio.
Coquelin is an okay passer at best, averaging an 84 per cent pass completion for Valencia last season, but the Frenchman wouldn’t be in the team to create, rather to allow the likes of Lemina and Wilshere to create.
The 27 year-old former Gunner has loads of Premier League experience, and his stats in La Liga last season are incredible, averaging 2.2 aerial wins, two tackles, 2.2 interceptions, and 2.6 clearances per game.
If Pellegrini intends to sell both Kouyate and Obiang, then Lemina alone will not be enough to fill the void. However, making a double swoop for the pair would bring the perfect balance alongside Wilshere, and allow the new look front three to fire the Hammers up the table.
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