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Should David Moyes finally get his man with Leroy Fer swoop?

The West Ham boss tried to sign Fer when he was Everton manager.

Mathew Nash

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Swansea City are staring at relegation in the face. Huddersfield Town’s guaranteed safety now leaves them needing a miracle on the final weekend of the season to retain their Premier League status. For a while, it seemed Carlos Carvalhal would be able to keep Swansea in the top-flight. But their form has dipped dramatically in recent weeks. Injuries have not helped, including the Achilles tendon tear suffered by Dutch international Leroy Fer in February.

His absence was keenly felt by Swansea and now, this summer, they surely face a battle to keep the player at the Liberty Stadium.

So, could this be a chance for West Ham manager David Moyes to finally get his hands on the Dutchman?

In January 2013 the Scot was still manager at Everton and had his eyes on the then FC Twente midfielder. In fact, as reported by the BBC, an £8.6 million deal was agreed with the Dutch club and Fer was on his way.

Moyes was clearly excited, as he made clear to The Independent at the time:

“He’s a really good player. He’s someone who we’ve liked for a long time. He’s young and he’s certainly an up-and-coming prospect.”

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Fer was seemingly Everton-bound. But the deal broke down. The medical team at Everton discovered a problem with Fer’s knee in the medical and, with just days left before the end of the transfer window, the deal collapsed.

That summer, before Moyes could consider a renewed bid for Fer, he had left Everton for Manchester United – where bigger targets were in his crosshairs.

Since then Fer has established himself as a highly competent Premier League midfielder with QPR, Norwich City and Swansea. As for knee problems, he has only suffered a medial ligament injury once in the five years since. It cost him a move to Sunderland back in 2015 but overall, Fer has proven to be fighting fit. In his four-and-a-half Premier League seasons, he has played 137 games, scoring 19 goals – fine figures for an apparently injury-prone player.

West Ham could surely get the 28-year-old on the cheap and he would be a brilliant addition to their squad. The irony, of course, is his current injury, although not related to his apparently dodgy knee.

Fer will likely return to training in July and with the transfer window open for another month or so, West Ham would have time to assess the risk of making a move.

This summer might be the perfect opportunity for Moyes to finally sign ‘The Bouncer’ and bring some midfield depth to West Ham.

Everton

Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Stoke City

Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

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When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

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