West Ham United are reportedly in line for a hectic end to the transfer window, with manager David Moyes still plotting to bolster his squad.
According to transfer insider Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – the Hammers could make a late double swoop for Club Brugge playmaker Hans Vanaken and Chelsea midfielder, Conor Gallagher, having only recently agreed a deal for Brazil international, Lucas Paqueta.
Asked how many more additions the east Londoners could make after the signing of the Lyon man is wrapped up, the reliable source stated: “Probably two more. They’re going to ask about Vanaken and Gallagher. That gives you an idea of where we’re at and these are the key areas of the field that they’ve got to sort out in the coming days.
“They see it as realistic that three players will sign before the deadline.”
Moyes and co are believed to have had two bids rejected thus far for Vanaken, who could well cost in the region of €20m (£17m), while enquiries are believed to have been made regarding young Gallagher, with the 22-year-old potentially set to fetch around £50m or join on loan– with the overall figure possibly totalling £67m for the pair.
It has proven a hugely impressive window for the London Stadium outfit thus far, with seven additions – as well as that of Paqueta – having already been made to help drastically improve the club’s squad depth.
With the arrival of the 25-year-old now imminent, West Ham are set to have a hugely talented asset on their hands, with the versatile gem – who can play all across the midfield and even in a wide role – offering a much-needed creative touch to Moyes’ side.
The former AC Milan sensation has dazzled with his all-round quality during his recent stint in France, notably ranking in the top 14% for progressive passes and the top 14% for dribbles completed among those in his position across Europe’s big five leagues – showcasing his forward-thinking approach.
Equally, the 33-cap star also compares favourably to his peers with regards to his defensive approach, ranking in the top 1% for tackles made and the top 5% for pressures, demonstrating his willingness to put in the hard yards when required.
That dogged approach will no doubt mirror that of the aforementioned Gallagher, with the “pressing machine” – as dubbed by Mark Duffy – also ranking in the top 6% for pressures made, as well as in the top 8% for dribbles completed.
By contrast, the club’s current first-choice midfield pairing of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have offered a solid foundation in front of the back four in recent seasons, although neither man offers that relentless, energetic presence in the centre of the park, ranking in just the bottom 9% and 10%, respectively, with regards to pressures made.
While Gallagher and Paqueta chipped in with 13 and 18 goal contributions, respectively, in all competitions last term, the real attacking threat will likely come from the towering Vanaken, with the 6 foot 5 Belgian having scored 15 goals and registered 12 assists in 50 games last term.
The 30-year-old – who has 102 goals and 74 assists to his name in 345 games for his current side – was only bettered by Jarrod Bowen (31) among the Hammers squad last term with regards to goal involvements, with additional firepower no doubt needed this season.
With the attacking midfielder’s killer instincts in the final third; Paqueta’s ball-playing gift and Gallagher’s box-to-box style, Moyes could well be set to add three players of real quality to his side in the coming days.