GSB should make their move for mooted West Ham transfer target Yangel Herrera after a fresh claim was made about his future…
During an exclusive interview with The Transfer Tavern, La Liga expert Euan McTear claimed the 23-year-old midfielder will definitely leave Manchester City this summer, having spent the last two seasons on loan at Granada.
“He’ll leave them for sure,” he claimed.
Last month, the Daily Mail suggested the Venezeulen international was one of several players up for sale as the Premier League champions looked to fund moves for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
The Hammers were one of several top-flight teams linked with interest in Herrera in the report and he is expected to cost in the region of £20m.
Irons boss David Moyes will need to bolster his playing squad in pretty much every position this summer if they are to remain competitive next season as the prospects of playing over 50 games should become a reality after qualifying for the Europa League.
Of course, some roles are a bigger priority – such as upfront – where the Scot only has one senior striker in Michail Antonio, who is often injury-prone.
But one or two injuries to the engine room could spell disaster at the London Stadium.
First-choice duo Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are only really backed up by retiring skipper Mark Noble and if West Ham do not add a new central midfielder this summer, they will almost certainly have to in 12 months time.
So why not do it now, with someone like Herrera on the market.
McTear also waxed lyrical about the 23-year-old’s recent season, in which he excelled for La Liga outfit Granada on their way to the Europa League quarter-finals.
“He’s been key to their qualification for Europa League and then the run to the quarter-finals,” he told The Transfer Tavern.
“He’s like a classic box-to-box midfielder, a bit of a throwback in that way. His first instinct is to try and dribble, to pass it forward, charging forward he took so many shots this season, he would get in the box, he scored quite a few goals early on when they were lacking strikers and attacking midfielders and that’s the thing too, he’s been really versatile.”
Also dubbed a “complete central midfielder” by Venezuelan football expert and journalist Carlos Ponte to talkSPORT, Herrera has shown a niche ability to impact the game in multiple ways, mixing aggression and tenacity with an average of 0.7 dribbles, one shot, 1.8 tackles and 2.2 fouls per La Liga outing, via WhoScored.
The 24-cap international, who stands at exactly 6-foot, would be a nice addition to Moyes’ midfield armoury this summer and for just £20m, it wouldn’t take too much of the budget away to bolster other areas.
GSB must make the move amid this exciting claim.