West Ham are willing to match the club-record fee of £15m they paid Liverpool for Andy Carroll to lure Arsenal‘s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the east of London this summer, according to reports from the Brentwood Gazette.
The Hammers look set for a huge off-season in terms of transfer activity, with the move to the Olympic Stadium and the increasing Premier League TV revenue enough to fund ambitious plans.
A £45m double move for Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke has already been mooted, and now reports claim that the club are looking into the possibility of luring Oxlade-Chamberlain across from Arsenal.
The attacking midfielder’s progression at the Emirates Stadium has slowed somewhat over the course of the past year, and it was suggested during the last window that he’s concerned about his uncertain role within Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans.
West Ham are ready to pay £15m for ‘The Ox’, matching the club-record sum paid to Liverpool in 2013 for Carroll.
Although the Irons are unlikely to be able to offer the England international Champions League football or regular title challenges any time soon, the lure of a greater level of game time may sway him at the age of 22.