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Manuel Pellegrini should plot Stevan Jovetic return at West Ham

West Ham should bring another marquee striker to the London Stadium this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Manuel Pellegrini has been tasked with bringing attacking and progressive football back to West Ham next term, with fans bemoaning the style of play under recent managers. And he will look to the summer transfer window to bring in top quality talent capable of ushering in what he hopes will be his dynasty in east London.

Pellegrini will want an added goalscorer in the ranks at the London Stadium, whether top-scorer Marco Arnautovic leaves for Manchester United or not (Sky Sports), as the side were seriously lacking attacking depth last season, with the likes of Andy Carroll now seemingly on borrowed time.

The Chilean coach should look to reunite with his former Manchester City super-sub Stevan Jovetic this summer, after signing him to the Premier League champions back in 2013/14.

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Jovetic has shown he hasn’t lost his clinical edge, bagging 10 goals and three assists in just 21 appearances, although he has failed to fully cement himself as Monaco’s first team striker with known injury problems persisting throughout the season.

However, the risk is worth taking for Pellegrini. Jovetic would be something of a marquee signing at West Ham and would instantly bring an air of excitement among the support, that’s been largely absent since the departure of Dimitri Payet in 2016/17.

With the current names touted for potential moves to the Hammers this summer, most notably; Javier Pastore, Felipe Anderson, Yaya Toure and William Carvalho, the club could be an entirely different animal in the near future and could begin setting loftier targets.

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There’s no doubting the club belongs at higher levels, and Jovetic’s presence would bolster their chances of achieving bigger ambitions. Having joined Monaco for £9 million last summer, it’s likely Pellegrini could engineer a bargain for the 27-year-old also, as rival teams continue spending well above on lesser players.

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Everton fans react as Hirving Lozano puts Germany to the sword

The Mexican winger scored the winning goal and is being linked with Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Mexico have caused a World Cup shock by defeating Germany 1-0 in Russia. The player who scored the goal was Hirving Lozano, one of the players tipped by The Boot Room as one to watch at the World Cup.

The PSV Eindhoven winger put in a fine performance as Mexico put Germany to the sword. Throughout the game he left Germany’s excellent right-back, Joshua Kimmich, chasing shadows and his goal was a demonstration in poise.

Few fans should be surprised. ‘Chucky‘, as he is known, was incredible for PSV last season. He scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists for the Dutch side last season.

One team’s fans who were watching with interest were those at Everton.

Lozano has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park in recent weeks. He is a firm favourite of new Everton director of football Marcel Brands, who signed him at PSV.

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So his performance against Germany certainly impressed fans at Everton.

However, there was also a concern after the result.

Because now Everton fans are of the belief other teams will be coming in with better offers and the chance to play in the Champions League.

There was plenty of negative thinking from Everton’s fans, who are now afraid the talented attacker might head elsewhere.  

But with Brands’ influence, Farhad Moshiri’s funding and a strong link with his agent Mino Raiola Everton must keep the faith and hope that they can win the race for Lozano this summer.

Here is some of the reaction to his match-winning performance against Germany…    

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Tottenham Hotspur

Matias Vecino is not the man to replace Mousa Dembele for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur may need a replacement for Mousa Dembele this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are now being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino. Tuttosport are reporting that Spurs, along with Everton, are keen on the Uruguayan – who has been told he can leave the San Siro this summer.

The fee involved would reportedly be in the region of £26.3 million for the player. The obvious link here is also the interest in Mousa Dembele from Inter. The Belgian is high on the Italian side’s wishlist, as his contract situation at Tottenham turns rotten.

But Spurs should steer clear of any deal for the Uruguay midfielder this summer.

Undoubtedly, he is a very good player. The 26-year-old is neat and tidy in midfield with an excellent passing ratio.

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But, as anyone who saw the recent Uruguay v Egypt game will testify, his passing range is hardly expansive.

Vecino prefers a sideways or backward pass, rather than trying to probe the opposing defence. It is for that reason that Tottenham should simply steer clear.

If Spurs are going to replace Dembele this summer they need to do so with a player who has the ability to be better than the Belgian. Vecino, simply put, does not even come close.

The impact of losing Dembele will be keenly felt at Spurs if the experienced midfielder goes and ensuring a top replacement is brought in is imperative for future success in North London.

Vecino is not the man for the job at Tottenham Hotspur and he would simply not last the course if he made the move this summer.

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West Bromwich Albion

Should West Brom have given Ali Gabr a chance at £1.1 million?

West Brom did not hand the 29-year-old a chance during his recent loan spell.

Mathew Nash

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When Egypt took on Uruguay in the World Cup recently it was a game West Brom fans watched with interest. The player they were keeping eyes on was Egypt centre-back Ahmed Hegazi. He is of course still a West Brom player, although has been linked with an exit after the club’s relegation. But alongside him in the heart of the Egypt defence was another player who should interest West Brom, Ali Gabr.

The 29-year-old was signed on loan in January to add strength to the West Brom defence. However, with the Baggies struggling to survive he was not given a chance in the first-team.

Gabr instead played just two games for the club’s under-23s. His first appearance was in a 2-0 defeat against Norwich City before he was given the runaround by Swedish striker Viktor Gyorkes in a 5-1 loss against Brighton.

West Brom will not be keeping him, based on his performances at the club.

(during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on January 31, 2018 in Manchester, England.

The Express and Star reported this month that a £1.1 million option to sign him permanently had passed and he would be returning to Egypt.

But his performance against Uruguay suggested he deserved better. Gabr looked strong and solid defensively and was also impressive with the ball at his feet.

It certainly looked like the form of a player who could be effective in the Championship, especially with Jonny Evans leaving and Craig Dawson and Hegazi wanted.

West Brom cannot be blamed for deciding not to throw Gabr in last season and, it is hard to suggest he might have helped them stay in the Premier League. But based on his performance against Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez last week he might have been able to help them return.

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