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Report: West Ham expected to make offer for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel

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Report: West Ham expected to make offer for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel

Turkish outlet Fanatik have claimed Besiktas are waiting for West Ham United to make an offer for hothead midfielder Gary Medel this summer, after reportedly having a bid rejected in January.

The 31-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Turkish outlet, where he played 35 times in all competitions throughout 2018-19. Medel and Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini are both from Chile.

The Sun claimed in the January window that Besiktas had rejected a bid of £6.5million from West Ham for Medel, but the Turkish side’s financial difficulties is said to be making Besiktas hopeful of a renewed West Ham bid.

 

West Ham are likely to be after a new midfielder this summer, with Edimilson Fernandes leaving the club. Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere spent plenty of time on the sidelines last season, leaving just Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang.

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Though Wilshere and Sanchez are to return, Pellegrini is keen to bring in more midfield cover to prevent what happened last summer. It remains to be seen how much, and when, West Ham will make a bid for Medel.

TBR’s view

Medel is a decent player and has huge experience, highlighted by his 119 caps for Chile. But at 31 years of age, the Hammers would be better to avoid Medel.

The player has lost a yard of pace and Pellegrini would be better suited in bringing through a younger player such as Josh Cullen, who plays somewhat similarly to Medel.

Even signing the likes of Morgan Sanson or Pablo Fornals would be a better move, though much more expensive.

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