The Independent have claimed that West Ham United are one of a number of Premier League sides interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera, after the Mexican dropped down Diego Simeone’s pecking order.
Herrera, 30, joined Atletico Madrid from FC Porto last summer on a free transfer, after the 74-time Mexico international’s contract had expired from Porto. He intially started the 2019-20 campaign on the bench, before breaking into the side.
From October until the end of January, Herrera featured consecutively in 12 La Liga outings – before an injury has seen the Mexican fail to play a single minute in the last six games. He has a contract at Atleti until the summer of 2022.
Simeone told Marca at the start of the season that Herrera: “is an important player for the team. He gives us hierarchy, personality, good play, good arrival on the second line.” The report claims Herrera will available for a cut-price figure.
TBR’s view – Herrera would be a top West Ham signing
Firstly, because the Hammers desperately need cover in the middle of the park. Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are the realistic options at the moment – and three is obviously not enough.
Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez are likely to leave this summer as injuries continue to mount, while Josh Cullen is on loan at Charlton and although David Moyes is an admirer, he may have to find a new club.
Bringing in Herrera would add cover, but it would also give the Hammers a player that has played right at the top – and boasts a winning mentality. Herrera’s steel and footballing intelligence would make him a top signing.