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West Ham transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini happy with squad despite glaring omission

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his West Ham United squad and is not planning on making any more major signings, per ClaretandHugh.

What’s the word?

The Hammers have signed Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller in this transfer window, as well as goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin.

ClaretandHugh reports that Pablo Obiang is nearing a move to Serie A but there aren’t currently any plans to replace him.

As it stands, the club have Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Carlos Sanchez as their options in central midfield.

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A glaring omission

West Ham need more depth in midfield.

The club may have four players capable of playing in the middle of the pitch but Wilshere cannot be relied upon to stay fit – he made eight appearances in the Premier League last season due to injury – while Noble is 32 and Sanchez underwent knee surgery in 2018/19.

The club have recruited a new striker and a new attacking midfielder but, really, they need further reinforcements.

If the worst-case scenario comes around again and both Wilshere and Sanchez are ruled out for any length of time, they will be left to rely on an ageing Noble staying fit and Rice replicating the exceptional displays in 2018/19 that earned him an England call-up.

Beyond that, an injury or suspension for Rice would leave Pellegrini with just his skipper and two extremely injury-prone players to call on.

It feels like a mighty risk.

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