Manchester City’s two new signings might just have opened the door for West Ham United to sign Fabian Delph.
The Citizens yesterday announced the re-signing of full-back Angelino for a reported £5.3 million (Sky Sports), and followed that up with confirmation of midfielder Rodri’s Etihad £62.8 million (BBC Sport) switch on Thursday.
The Premier League champions will be keen to secure a third straight league title in 2019/20, and will also be hoping for a successful assault on the Champions League.
The signing of Rodri is particular significant – he becomes the club’s new record signing, and is viewed as the long-term successor to Fernandinho.
The two deals – worth a combined £68 million – could now mean utility man Delph is deemed surplus to requirements.
West Ham were linked with a move for Delph last month (The Times), with ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini apparently keen to link back up with the Englishman.
£90,000-a-week star Delph (Spotrac) is primarily a central midfielder, but has also shown he can deputise at left-back.
In theory, central midfielder Rodri and left-back Angelino have just made his quest for regular minutes a lot more difficult.
The transfers would suggest that he is now more likely to leave the Etihad, and West Ham should act fast if there is still any interest.
The Hammers don’t have an abundance of options in the middle of the park, and former Aston Villa and Leeds United ace Delph could be a shrewd signing.