West Ham eye January swoop for MLS star Miguel Almiron

West Ham are eyeing a move for Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron in January, according to TyC Sports.

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini splashed over £100m to bolster his West Ham squad in the summer but is yet to see the rewards, with the Hammers losing six of their opening nine Premier League fixtures in 2018-19 and facing a daunting task to turn things around.

That has left the East London side in the market for January additions and TyC Sports states that the Hammers’ interest in Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron has led the MLS side to start searching for potential replacements.

Almiron, currently sidelined through injury, has shone with 12 goals and 13 assists for Atlanta this season, with the Eastern Conference side resigned to losing the 24-year-old to a top European side when the market reopens in January.

A good addition?

West Ham have seen signs of encouragement with the growing relationship between Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, although the latter is not set for a long-term injury absence, but more creativity is required.

The continued absence of Manuel Lanzini has created problems and the Hammers desperately need more depth in this area – which Almiron would provide, along with a major boost to the club’s attacking ranks that could provide the difference this season.

However, a deal would be expensive as Atlanta have suggested they will want in excess of £30m for a Paraguay international who has also been widely linked with a move to join Arsenal.