West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic ahead of the January transfer window – but Hammers fans are desperate for their club to look elsewhere.
Football website 90Min have claimed that Matic, 31, is keen to leave Manchester United in the next window after managing just five appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. He is currently sidelined, missing the last seven matches.
The likes of Scott McTominay, Fred, Andreas Pereira and Paul Pogba are all ahead of Matic in the pecking order, as the 48-time Serbia international looks as though he has lost a yard of pace at the base of United’s midfield.
A bargain deal for the ex-Chelsea and Benfica star could be on the cards, given that his £120,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) is set to expire at the end of the season. The chances of United offering Matic a new deal to remain at Old Trafford is unlikely.
West Ham do have plenty of options in the middle of the park, in Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and Pablo Fornals, but it is clear that Manuel Pellegrini wants to bolster his ranks in central midfield.
Matic could be on his way to the London Stadium, then, but West Ham fans are begging their club to ignore signing Matic in the January window – and pursue other targets.
Excellent, they've worked hard to locate a midfielder actually slower than the ones we already have. Impressive. https://t.co/0hW9BmcdBk
— West Ham Rambles (@WestHamRambles) November 13, 2019
Maybe one of tbe only midfielders actually slower than what we have, couldn't be further away from what we actually need.
— Westhamlee (@funkycoolers) November 13, 2019
I agree. Would be a catastrophic signing. The geezer hasn’t been decent since he left CFC 4 years ago!
— IronsmanJP (@IronsManJP) November 13, 2019
If they replace Rice with Matic they can take my season ticket and stuff it up…
— HM Murdock (@h_mad_murdock) November 13, 2019
Yeah I mean it’s not as if we need a young hungry box to box midfielder when we can replace Sanchez an overpaid slow 30 something midfielder with matic who would be an overpaid slow 30 something midfielder . From one disaster to another
— West Ham Geezer ⚒ (@WHUFCGeezer) November 13, 2019
Please no, for the love of God
— Stammers ⚒️🇺🇲 (@NYHammer2) November 13, 2019
We are going backwards!
— Giesen (@Giesen12) November 13, 2019
FFS!! Such a typical West Ham signing. You got Issac Hayden exactly what we need 24years old contract up in the summer but we go for the guy passed his best.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) November 13, 2019