Deadline Day is upon us and West Ham are eyeing further activity in the market under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, who has spent significantly already.
The Hammers have splashed the cash to bring in the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski and Issa Diop this summer but want to bolster their squad before the window slams shut at 5pm.
Departures could also be on the cards as West Ham look to balance their books, as we identify five deals that could be completed today.
Carlos Sanchez: Fiorentina
West Ham are keen to bring the 32-year-old defensive midfielder back to the Premier League, where he previously spent time with Aston Villa, and have been negotiating a swoop for Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez in recent days.
Alfredo Pedulla states an agreement taking the Colombia international to the London Stadium is set to be completed imminently, with Fiorentina looking to get a midfielder of their own in return (more on that shortly).
Capped 88 times by Colombia, Sanchez would add experience to a position where West Ham do not have depth.
Edimilson Fernandes to Fiorentina
Edimilson Fernandes could be on his way to Italy as part of a deal taking Carlos Sanchez away from Fiorentina, as the Serie A side are keen on landing the Switzerland international as makeweight in a deal – and have until the end of the month to find an agreement.
Alfredo Pedulla claims the Florence outfit are keen on signing the 22-year-old on loan with an option to purchase, with West Ham considering cashing in as Fernandes has fallen down the pecking order following the recent acquisitions.
With further midfield signings on the agenda, West Ham could be tempted to cash in.
Danny Drinkwater: Chelsea
Another midfielder reportedly eyed by West Ham before the transfer window slams shut is Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater, who has struggled for first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge since his switch from Leicester last year.
The signings of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have pushed the England international further down the pecking order this summer and West Ham are interested in a loan deal – although the Independent states they will face competition from Leicester.
A deal for Drinkwater would cost around £3m, with West Ham also having to pay the wages of the 28-year-old.
Robert Snodgrass to Aston Villa
Scotland international Robert Snodgrass was a forgotten man at West Ham last season, as he was ousted from the first-team and instead spent the campaign on loan in the Championship with Aston Villa – where he caught the eye.
Steve Bruce’s side are keen on signing Snodgrass on a permanent basis and, although the Guardian states West Ham have no interest in a sale, the promotion hopefuls could lodge a cheeky bid before this afternoon’s deadline.
“Listen, it’s great first and foremost to come back and see them, but I’m a West Ham player. I’ve loved my time here when I’ve been involved and playing, but obviously last year I went out and played games and bonded with the Aston Villa fans, staff and players and everyone around the city, so I appreciate them for that.”
Fernando Llorente: Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham are closing in on the signature of versatile Arsenal forward Lucas Perez but he may not be the only Spaniard arriving from north London on Deadline Day, as the Hammers are considering a late move for Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente.
The Daily Mail states West Ham are eyeing a swoop to bolster their forward ranks due to the fact that Andy Carroll is sidelined following another injury setback, while Jordan Hugill completed a loan move to Middlesbrough yesterday.
Spurs are ready to approve an exit for the 33-year-old, either on loan or permanently.