Summer signing Carlos Sanchez’s long-term injury (BBC), as well as fellow new arrival Jack Wilshere’s ongoing fitness concerns (Independent), has left West Ham United short of available options in the middle of the park.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has forged together an effective central partnership between Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang. However, the Irons could certainly do with some additional midfield depth being brought in during the January transfer window.
In order to bolster his midfield contingent, Pellegrini should once again look to the club that he signed Wilshere and Lucas Perez from in the summer: Arsenal.
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Mohamed Elneny is currently out of favour at the Emirates Stadium with new manager Unai Emery clearly deeming him surplus to requirements. The 67-cap Egypt international has not played a minute of Premier League football yet this season.
The Gunners are unlikely to stand in the way of the 26-year-old making a January exit, and West Ham would be wise to snap up the midfielder.
Though he may not be in Emery’s plans, Elneny has impressed for Arsenal in the past and has amassed 75 appearances for the north London club in all competitions since his January 2016 arrival.
The Egyptian is a great midfield all-rounder, comfortable on the ball, capable of contributing creatively in the final third and hard-working and diligent in the defensive aspects of the game. With a Transfermarkt valuation of just £9 million, and with his status as an outcast at Arsenal, Elneny could be a great January bargain for West Ham to pursue.
What do you think, Hammers fans – would you be glad to see Elneny at the London Stadium?