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West Ham make contact over Ruslan Malinovskyi

West Ham United could be set to add to their deep pool of attacking talent this January…

What’s the latest?

According to Italian publication Calcio Mercato. Ruslan Malinovskyi is preparing to leave Atalanta with a host of clubs having already made contact over his availability.

As well as the Hammers, the report mentions Olympique Marseille, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur, of which the two English sides both fought over the Ukrainian in the summer.

Do West Ham need Malinovskyi?

Yes

Yes

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The Italian club will expect an offer of at least €30m (£26m) to pry him away from Bergamo

Just imagine him & Paqueta

Despite having brought Lucas Paqueta into their ranks in the summer, to also add this experienced attacking midfielder to the side would leave David Moyes with more than enough firepower for the second half of the campaign.

Also, with the Brazilian having endured a mixed start to life at the London Stadium, perhaps the introduction of Malionvskyi could allow him to finally kickstart his career in the capital with less pressure as the sole creative presence.

He has just three assists in 13 appearances this season, compared to last year’s tally of 11 goals and seven assists.

Although the 29-year-old is too struggling for form this season, his performances over the last few campaigns have justified having a price tag as high as is being touted.

Across multiple competitions, including the Champions League, the attacking midfielder scored ten and assisted seven, and was always capable of producing “stunning” goals with his equally as “stunning” left foot, as journalist Josh Bunting noted.

There is a clear similarity between these two, as they boast an eye for goal but the quality to thread through passes too.

To have both of them in the same team would provide a double threat to the rest of the Premier League, with two technically proficient players to back up the lethal Gianluca Scamacca.

The Italian would likely thrive, as would the wide men, off the pinpoint deliveries delivered by these maestros.

They rank in the top 3% and 6% respectively for progressive passes in Europe’s big five leagues, with Paqueta also boasting a fine defensive core that could allow for more balance.

He sits in the top 3% for tackles, 7% for blocks and 6% for clearances per 90 (via FBref), suggesting that the two might be able to coexist given their slight differences.

It could be a Moyes masterstroke to get both of these highly rated talents in and forging them a system to get the best from both of them.

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