West Ham United have a lack of top drawer centre-backs on offer, so must target Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill even if not every fan agrees.
It was revealed earlier this month in The Mirror that West Ham were eying a potential January move for the Blues centre-back as the 61-cap ex-England international’s deal at Stamford Bridge continued to progress into its final year.
With the prospect of losing Cahill for nothing next summer, the resistance at Chelsea to keep the 32-year-old would likely be thin, and the West Ham board were said to fully support Manuel Pellegrini in recruiting necessary additions in the mid-season sale.
At the time of The Mirror’s story on the Irons pondering over a move, The Sun reported that the Pensioners’ current longest serving player was also considering his future in south London, saying: “I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation but that is football.
“Everything gradually comes to an end or there’s a new challenge around the corner.
“I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing.”
A recent poll carried out amongst Football FanCast readers found that a staggering 75% of the fan-base did not want Pellegrini or the board to go anywhere near the centre-back who has featured 61 times for his country, including captaining the side against Belgium at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
While signing someone the fans will get behind can be important, it ought to be ignored in this instance for Cahill still has something to offer in the Premier League and the London Stadium should be his next home.
In West Ham luring the Champions League and two-time Premier League winner to east London, they would be benefitting from a defender who has a wealth of experience that the current starters, whilst performing to a high standard, do not necessarily have.
Pablo Zabaleta certainly does not let age get in the way of adding to the Irons backline, despite being 33 years of age in a position that often requires a zip of pace to buzz around the pitch.
West Ham must surely act quickly and bring Cahill to the London Stadium before he considers a U-turn and sees out the remaining months of his contract to aid a first title challenge under Maurizio Sarri, with Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly chasing the Hammers’ Issa Diop in a shock £50million move.