West Ham eyeing move for Manchester City star Delph

West Ham United are hoping to sign Fabian Delph from Manchester City this summer, Football Insider report.

What’s the word?

Manager Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly a big admirer of the England international, who offers the ability to play at left-back or in midfield.

Delph’s current contract expires at the end of next season and he has struggled for game time in 2018-19.

He made just 11 Premier League appearances as City won the Premier League title and did not feature at all in the club’s final 15 outings, of which they lost just one.

Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly willing to allow Delph to leave provided they receive an acceptable fee.

The 29-year-old has made a total of 89 appearances for City and has also won 18 caps for England.

He was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for last summer’s World Cup, as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals.

No better than Masuaku

Arthur Masuaku has emerged as West Ham’s first-choice full-back in recent months.

But the signing of Delph is unlikely to challenge him too much.

Per WhoScored, the former Aston Villa man averages 2.1 tackles per game to Masuaku’s 2.5; 1.2 interceptions to the Hammers’ man’s 1.6 and 1.5 clearances to the 26-year-old’s 2.4.

Their comparison in attack is much of a muchness too; Delph has 0.2 more shots per game but has fewer key passes and dribbles.

Add to that the wage demands that will surely come with signing a Manchester City star and one concludes that Pellegrini should perhaps be looking elsewhere this summer, particularly as the Englishman is unlikely to start all that many games.