It wouldn’t be a typical West Ham United summer without the club being linked with a number of big-name players in the press, with fans often saying their owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, release the names to the media to increase season-ticket sales at this time of year.
The east London club have certainly pulled off a few coups in recent years when you look at the signings of the likes of Dimitri Payet and then Javier Hernandez last summer however, and perhaps this year is their best chance of improving upon that record now they have the experienced and well-known Manuel Pellegrini at the helm.
The owners looked to have pulled off a blinder by bringing the former Manchester City boss, who would be making a calamitous start to his reign if he signs reported 6ft 3in target, to the London Stadium, and now they are so close to making their best decisions in terms of player recruitment, too.
The Irons have already been linked with ambitious moves on paper for Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore – who is demanding wages of £190,000-a-week according to Sky Sports – Lazio winger Felipe Anderson and Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, as they look to strengthen a squad that found themselves far too close to the relegation zone last season.
There are plenty of positions that need reinforcements, with Ryan Fredericks proving to be the first addition when he joined from Fulham on a free transfer last week.
The addition of the right-back for nothing should mean that even more money is available elsewhere, and now Gold and Sullivan have got the calibre of manager that they wanted in charge, they have to back him in terms of meeting transfer fees for his targets.
Reliable Italian journalist Ginaluca Di Marzio has already confirmed on his website that West Ham have made a £17.6m bid for Anderson, although they may need to double it to succeed in bringing the Brazilian to the London Stadium.
While of course the club needs to negotiate and get the best deal possible, they shouldn’t be that far apart in terms of what they are offering and what Lazio want for the player, and perhaps they need to significantly up their bid in order to ensure they get a player that Pellegrini obviously feels would be a key player for them.
As well as Anderson and Pastore, West Ham are also reportedly keen on two of the standout players in Ligue 1 in Nice’s Jean Michael Seri and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, according to reliable club insider @ExWHUemployee on his latest The West Ham Way blog.
The former in particular has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal previously, and if the Irons really are serious about getting him then there won’t be too much room for negotiation when it comes to a transfer fee, with them likely having to pay the £35m that the French club reportedly want, as per the Daily Mail.
Gold and Sullivan have often left Irons fans frustrated in the past when the clubs has been linked with big-name players that they haven’t delivered, but they are so close to making their best decision since they took over if they invest in Pellegrini’s project.
It is something that would help get the London Stadium faithful on side, and also ensure that the Chilean boss maintains his record of never finishing outside of the top seven during his managerial career in European football.
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