Early West Ham predicted XI vs Newcastle: Irons-linked Euro 2020 star and two-cap target start
West Ham United could open the 2021/22 Premier League season away to Newcastle with David Moyes fielding a new-look line-up.
The Hammers boss committed his future with a three-year contract shortly before the fixture list dropped for the new campaign. After a trip to St James’ Park, West Ham head home to face Leicester City before a London derby with Crystal Palace.
West Ham will be content with their start to the new season while others face much tougher runs. Champions Manchester City kick off against Tottenham, before clashes with Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool follow in their first seven.
Moyes now has two months to hit the transfer market looking to improve a West Ham squad that qualified for the Europa League. Plenty of players have been linked with moves, creating the chance for a new-look Irons XI on the opening day…
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Lukasz Fabianski signed a one-year contract extension in March keeping him at West Ham until 2022. Yet Moyes remains in the market for a new shot-stopper, with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone reportedly on his shortlist.
The England international would cost West Ham £20million and is keen to stay in the Premier League, per The Sun. Which Moyes is currently unwilling to pay, but a deal could be done before the Hammers visit Newcastle in August.
Johnstone could also line up behind a partly changed Irons backline from the one Moyes has favoured throughout 2021. While Vladimir Coufal, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell are nailed on for key roles, another centre-back will likely be targeted.
The Daily Mail claim the London Stadium remains a potential destination for Burnley’s two-cap enforcer James Tarkowski. West Ham had three bids turned down for the Englishman last year worth up to £31m, with Sky Sports stating the Clarets wanted £50m.
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Declan Rice could have a new partner in the engine room with Tomas Soucek moved into a more advanced role. Moyes will need to fill Jesse Lingard’s void with the Englishman set on resurrecting his Manchester United career after a successful loan spell last season.
And Spartak Moscow star Alex Kral could be the man to line up beside Rice at Newcastle. Sky Sports report West Ham are keen to sign Coufal and Soucek’s Czech Republic teammate. But they could face competition from at least four Premier League teams after Euro 2020.
With a full Premier League season under his belt, 2021/22 could be the year that sees Said Benrahma break out at West Ham. The Algerian struggled to establish himself following a £30m (BBC) move from Brentford, scoring once in 30 games, but offered six assists.
Moyes could match Benrahma on the opposing flank with Jarrod Bowen after he ended last term with eight goals and five assists. The 24-year-old also featured in all 38 Premier League games, starting 30, as West Ham finished sixth.
West Ham: New fixtures, new striker
West Ham remain in the striker market this summer after parting with Sebastien Haller in January. The Ivorian’s move to Ajax left Michail Antonio as Moyes’ only recognised centre-forward after opting against signing a replacement.
The Irons are moving to correct that decision with Euro 2020 star Roman Yaremchuk on their radar. The Express and Calciomercato.it cite their interest, but face competition from Sevilla, Bologna, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting Lisbon and Wolfsburg.
Gent want between €25-30m (£21.5-25.5m) for Yaremchuk, who scored 23 goals last season and has netted twice in two European Championship fixtures. A figure that West Ham are not against paying for the 23-cap frontman.
Early West Ham predicted XI vs Newcastle: Johnstone (GK), Coufal, Tarkowski, Ogbonna, Creswell, Kral, Rice (C), Bowen, Soucek, Benrahma, Yaremchuk
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