According to The Mirror, new West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring Manchester City youngster Phil Foden to the London Stadium on loan this summer.
Pellegrini is expected to be busy in this summer’s transfer window having signed a lucrative three-year contract to become West Ham’s new head coach earlier this week.
Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles is believed to be amongst the players wanted by Pellegrini as the Hammers look to break into the top 10 in the Premier League next term.
According to The Mirror, the London club are also eyeing a move for 17-year-old City attacker Foden, who became the youngest-ever Premier League winner last season.
City will not be selling a player who is regarded as one of the best young talents in European football, but it is thought that the Premier League champions would be open to loaning the teenager out in order to gain vital experience at the top level.
Pellegrini will be keen to boost his squad with experienced players this summer, and he needs to address a back four which struggled for long stages of last season.
There is certainly room in the West Ham squad for creative talent in the final third, however, and securing the loan services of Foden – if that is at all possible – would be a no-brainer for the London club.
Foden, who will turn 18 later this month, made five Premier League appearances for City during the 2017-18 campaign, whilst he also appeared on three occasions in the Champions League.
City boss Pep Guardiola sees the Englishman as a future first-team star, and there is absolutely no question that the teenager has the ability to be a success at the top level.
The youngster is able to play in a number of positions in the final third, and it would be some coup for Pellegrini if he managed to sign Foden on loan for the 2018-19 season, even if the City fans are not in favour of the deal.