Man United outcast Daley Blind should be Manuel Pellegrini’s first West Ham signing

According to reports in The Sun, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sell £14m-rated Dutch defender Daley Blind as part of a huge summer clear-out, and Premier League rivals West Ham United should move to snap him up.

What’s the word, then?

Daley Blind in action against Watford

Well, The Sun says that after a trophy-less season Mourinho is ready to move the deadwood out of his squad, with Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian all set to go alongside Blind, who earns £75,000-a-week according to the Daily Mail.

The Sun says that Mourinho will be able to spend all of the money he receives from incoming transfers this summer, and the 28-year-old Netherlands international is rated at £14m by the Red Devils.

Meanwhile, West Ham United are set to appoint Manuel Pellegrini, whom Irons fans on Twitter are keen to see link up with £140,000-a-week attacker next season, as their new manager and may make some big changes in the transfer market themselves this summer, with the centre-back, left-back and left wing-back positions specific areas that could be prioritised for new signings.

How did Blind do this season?

It was a tough campaign for the Dutchman, who fell completely out of favour under Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old only made 17 appearances in all competitions – with six of those coming in the Champions League and with just 360 minutes of playing time in the Premier League – as he found himself behind the likes of Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the pecking order for the left-back spot.

The versatile player can play as a left-back, left wing-back, centre-back and defensive midfielder, and that fact and the quality he has means he could be in demand this summer.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly would.

Blind is hugely experienced and the fact that he can play in so many positions is a huge plus.

The 28-year-old would certainly be considered by many to be an upgrade on Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku in those positions on the left-hand side of the pitch – whether it be centre-back, full-back or wing-back – and the fact that he could be available for just £14m in this day and age mean that the east London club should waste no time in snapping him up as Pellegrini’s first signing.