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West Ham target Danny Drinkwater would be club’s most underrated signing in years

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United are ready to join the race to sign out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater before the transfer window slams shut on August 9.

What’s the word, then?

Danny Drinkwater talks to Eric Dier on the pitch

Well, The Mirror report that Irons manager Manuel Pellegrini is still keen to strengthen in the middle of the park having spent £108m to try and transform the team from relegation battlers into European contenders, and he would be open to a move for the 2016 Premier League winner.

With Manuel Lanzini injured and the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang being linked with moves away, it is no surprise that a new player in that area could be a priority between now and two days prior to the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

The Mirror say that new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is willing to let Drinkwater go having already brought Jorginho to Stamford Bridge from Napoli, although it isn’t clear whether it will be on loan or permanently.

Would he be a good West Ham signing?

While things have failed to work out for him following his big-money move to Chelsea less than 12 months ago, the fact that he was a key part of Leicester’s famous title win and has played for England since prove the quality that he undoubtedly has.

With new wingers in Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to feed with his deep-lying long passes, he could prove to be a key addition to the way the team play, while his experience of playing for a title-winning side and featuring in the Champions League for them could prove invaluable as West Ham, who would be definite European contenders if they sign a Chelsea attacker, look to really push on this term.

The 28-year-old may be considered an underwhelming addition by some Irons supporters, but he would be their most underrated buy since they got Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town in 2014.

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