Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in the transfer market following his arrival at West Ham this summer and deals continue to be lined-up by the Hammers.
The club-record capture of Felipe Anderson from Lazio at the weekend took the club’s spending this summer past the £85 million mark, according to TransferMarkt, and departures are likely to help balance the club’s finances.
However, despite already signing eight new players, Pellegrini’s side continue to be linked to further arrivals as the Hammers look to climb the Premier League standings next term and fight for a return to European football.
Ahead of what could be another busy week for the Hammers, we have identified five deals that could be concluded this week.
Bernard: Free transfer
The captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko have bolstered West Ham’s line in the final third, reducing the club’s reliance on Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic, but Pellegrini seems to be eyeing further depth.
Available on a free transfer following his exit from Shakhtar Donetsk, having spent five years in Ukraine, Portuguese outlet O Jogo have stated that West Ham have outbid Benfica in the hunt for the 25-year-old Brazil ace.
According to the report, West Ham have offered £6.2m as a signing bonus and are prepared to pay the explosive winger £68k-a-week if he completes a move to the London Stadium.
Jordan Hugill to Leeds United
Signing from Preston North End in January, Jordan Hugill earned just 22 minutes of Premier League football for West Ham in the second-half of the season and an exit is likely before the start of the new campaign.
The Sun states Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are eyeing a move for the 26-year-old forward as the Lilywhites aim to battle for a return to the top-tier, although Hugill’s wage demands mean only a loan deal is on the cards.
QPR are also eyeing a move for Hugill, who is expected to be allowed to leave the London Stadium despite the recent injury to Andy Carroll.
Yerry Mina: Barcelona
After the defender outscored Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi at the World Cup, Yerry Mina has become hot property in the market and Spanish outlet Sport name West Ham as one of three Premier League sides interested in his services.
The Hammers will face competition from Everton and Leicester City, who are also stated to have lodged bids for the 23-year-old Colombia international, and Barcelona may be forced into a sale due to LaLiga’s non-EU player regulations.
Barcelona have already hit their quota of three, with Mina taking up a slot alongside Philippe Coutinho and new signing Arthur, but the LaLiga champions continue to pursue Chelsea winger Willian – and Mina is likely to be sacrificed for a deal to go ahead.
Javier Hernandez to Besiktas
After signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez struggled to find his feet back in the Premier League and often saw Marko Arnautovic played centrally ahead of him in the latter stages of the season.
Turkish outlet Star report Besiktas’ interest in the 30-year-old Mexico international, who may find himself surplus to requirements following West Ham’s captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko – who could play either side of Arnautovic next season if the Austria ace leads the line.
“Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we’ll see,”
Defence still seems to be the area of focus for Pellegrini, despite already signing Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbeuna, and Lyon centre-back Marcelo is reported to be the latest player targeted by the Hammers.
The Daily Mail states West Ham have seen a huge bid of £18m for the 31-year-old Brazil defender turned down by Lyon, who only joined the French side last summer, but the Ligue 1 giants are standing firm as they demand at least £20m for his services.
With Winston Reid facing three months on the sidelines, Pellegrini is keen to bolster the depth available to him at the back ahead of the 2018-19 season.