West Ham United are in for an exciting summer if reports are to be believed…
The ever-reliable ExWHUemployee dropped an update on the Irons’ transfer plans on a recent episode of ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast, where he suggested that the East London club could splash their budget on three key targets.
“[Sam] Johnstone, the West Brom keeper, and [Matheus] Pereira [are in the mix].
“I don’t think we’d sign [Jesse] Lingard and Pereira but if we don’t [sign Lingard], he’s definitely an alternative that we like.
“I think [Tammy] Abraham and Lingard would be the top two targets and possibly Johnstone the keeper, and we’d pretty much blow the budget on those three you’d think if all goes to plan.”
Last month, the Evening Standard’s Jack Rosser claimed that the Baggies goalkeeper would cost in the region of £10m, though they face competition from local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, whilst the Express believe their star playmaker will be an alternative target if they cannot secure the Manchester United loan sensation.
Abraham is one of many strikers that have been linked to the London Stadium and he could be the most expensive of all the four names mentioned, with reports suggesting that Chelsea will only sell him for £40m or more.
As the Hammers insider suggests, the plan for West Ham would be to sanction moves for all three of these names and that would represent a pretty outstanding summer of business.
It would merely build on their recent success in the transfer market, signing the likes of Said Benrhama, Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek, who have all quickly established themselves as first names on the team sheet.
This latest development should also have fans hugely excited ahead of next season as it shows that the board are actually going to back David Moyes this time around, and they’ll have to, with the side sensationally qualifying for the Europa League.
All three of these targets would help the Irons compete across domestic and European competitions.
Between the sticks, Sam Johnstone has been one of the best in the division, even despite Albion’s relegation. “Sam Johnstone is one of the best goalies in the Premier League for sure, without any question of a doubt,” claimed Sam Allardyce to the Express & Star this week.
He would provide Lukasz Fabianski, who has been injured a few times this season, with plenty of solid competition.
Similarly, the need for a new striker is ever so obvious, with Moyes only having an injury-prone Michail Antonio at his disposal. The club’s hierarchy never replaced Sebastian Haller after he left in January.
Abraham is a good target as he still sat amongst the Blues’ top goalscorers despite often being snubbed by incoming boss Thomas Tuchel.
Then there is Lingard, who the Hammers faithful have come to adore since his arrival earlier this year. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder delivered nine goals and four assists in just 16 appearances to help push Moyes’ squad into their best top-flight finish since 1999.
Much of the fanbase are desperate to sign him permanently but if they were to clinch all three, then West Ham could well enter dreamland.
AND in other news, West Ham could find their next Carlton Cole in “exceptional” 6 foot 4 beast…