West Ham were at the centre of one of the most unexpected transfer stories of the summer as rumours linked them with a move for Colombia’s Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez. However, it now seems that any such deal is off, with Marca claiming that the player has now decided to stay at the Bernabeu which is the reason why they pulled out of a deal for Valencia’s Andre Gomes at the last moment to allow him to sign for Barcelona.
In reality, a move for James Rodriguez was always unlikely to be successful and would have been a very expensive move if the West Ham bosses had managed to pull it off. This means that money can be saved and invested elsewhere, in positions where additions are needed, rather than trying to force a marquee signing into a position already filled by Dimitri Payet.
Some Polish sources claim that West Ham will be using part of those funds in a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski. The Polish right-winger is said to be available after spending last season out on loan at Fiorentina given concerns about his injury record and competition in a young Dortmund side.
The Hammers will not be alone in their interest in the captain of the Polish national side, with Southampton and Liverpool also said to be monitoring the situation, with Jurgen Klopp keen on a reunion and Southampton seeing him as a great role model for the likes of Nathan Redmond.
The deal could be partly funded by the sale of Diafra Sakho, with the Essex Chronicle claiming that there is interest in him from Crystal Palace who are set to make a bid for the striker who is desperate to leave the club.
Sunderland were said to be leading the chase for the £15 million man, but Sam Allardyce’s expected appointment as England boss has thrown a spanner into the works for their interest in the Senegalese striker. Palace are hoping to capitalise in any delay in Sunderland’s action with a quick bid to help them to replace Dwight Gayle, who signed for Newcastle early on in the window.
South London Today claim that League 1 Charlton could also be the destination for another Hammer, as defender Reece Burke is linked with a loan move. After the 19-year-old impressed at Bradford last season, it is largely expected that he may head to the Championship on loan, with Wigan interested, but Charlton are hoping that their status may provide an exception to the rule.
Burke proved that he has the quality for that level last season, and whilst he would be key to Charlton’s plans, may feel that he is ready for the bigger challenge of playing at a higher level, which would help to push him towards a place in the West Ham first team, as it has already been made clear that Slaven Bilic is a fan of the tall central defender.
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