With a new era dawning in East London, it is hard for Hammers fans not to get excited. A brilliant, brand new stadium, European football, Dimitri Payet and a large chunk of money to spend on improving the squad, West Ham will be one of the more fascinating clubs to watch next season.
However, Slavan Bilic, along with the passionate David’s in the owner’s box must ensure that they spend their transfer budget wisely in a market saturated by over-inflation and hidden talents.
Once the transfer window shuts, there will almost certainly be players that West Ham will have missed out on, who could have contributed so much to the club.
Here are five players that West Ham won’t sign but really should…
The ever-impressive Croatian full-back had a truly exceptional Euro 2016 and was an impassioned leader in his country’s campaign.
At 34, Srna is in his twilight years as a professional footballer but is still playing at the top of his game and is remarkably consistent in his position.
Right-back is certainly an area where West Ham need to strengthen and Srna would be the perfect man to employ. However, the Shakhtar players’ compatriot Slavan Bilic will likely look for a younger option.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham, PSG, Real Madrid. It seems that the never-ending list of clubs linked to Alexandre Lacazette is increasing by the day.
The striker was in the form of his life last season and is only set to improve. However, when a West Ham bid was swiftly rejected by Lyon, the clubs’ interest in the 25-year-old dwindled and it is now expected that they will look elsewhere for a star frontman.
Many reports have suggested that West Ham have tabled an audacious £60 million bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. An incredibly ambitious move if true, the Argentine is one of Europe’s hottest strikers and would quite easily find game time with the very elites of the domestic game.
However, the validity of the bid will likely not matter. West Ham have a number of areas of the squad that they need to improve. Gold and Sullivan will not spend the majority of their budget on one man, no matter how prolific a goalscorer that man is.
Allegedly an unwanted man in Jose Mourinho’s new regime at Old Trafford, Juan Mata is a key target for Everton according to reports.
However, likely available for around £20-25 million and briniging a wealth of Premier League experience, Mata seems an ideal target for West Ham too.
An attacking combination of Juan Mata and Dimitri Payet behind a prospective new front man sounds extremely exciting.
Arguably the best player on the pitch at the Euro 2016 final, despite French defeat, Moussa Sissoko’s stock has risen to an all-time high.
Relegated with Newcastle at the end of last season, Sissoko wants out of Tyneside and a return to top flight football, be that in France or England.
Sissoko would be a superb addition to West Ham’s midfield but the £35 million price tag that Newcastle have slapped on the 26-year-old, will likely dissuade Bilic from making a move.