West Ham may have one eye on their upcoming Premier League campaign opener against Liverpool, but until the transfer window slams shut in midweek, they’ll also have an eye on the transfer market.
Mauricio Pellegrino has already added to his squad and invested heavily this summer but could look to make further additions before sealing his squad, with some players also at risk of departing.
Here are three men who may be on the move:
Lucas Perez – Arsenal
From almost out of nowhere, reports have emerged suggesting that the Hammers could complete a move for Arsenal flop Lucas Perez. The news comes from La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, who says that a deal could be finalised as soon as Monday as the Gunners look to move him on before deadline day.
West Ham continue to look for options in attack and Perez may fit that mould with pace and technique, though his failure to make a breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium after joining for £17 million two years ago may be a concern.
Reece Oxford – Everton
Once thought of as the next big thing and one of the most promising talents to have come through the club’s academy in a generation, Sky Sports now say that he could be on the verge of a £3 million move to Everton as club officials have grown exasperated with the young defender.
Given his debut by Slaven Bilic, a loan spell in Germany saw Oxford fail to impress as his development has come to a halt with a general consensus that the Irons would be happy to cash in if a bid arrives this summer before the deadline arrives.
Stefano Sturaro – Juventus
West Ham could also compete with Newcastle and Leicester in the race for Juventus reject Stefano Sturaro as the Turin side look to move the 25-year-old on. CalcioMercato say that the Italian may be sold to help balance the books and would come at a cost of 20 million euros.
Signed for 9.5 million euros only 12 months ago, it seems unlikely that West Ham remain in the market for a central midfield battler like Sturaro, but he may appeal to Mauricio Pellegrino’s preferred style.