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West Ham focusing on desperate to come Gary Medel shows strategy change

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West Ham focusing on desperate to come Gary Medel shows strategy change

There may not be much business done at the London Stadium this month after a summer of strong investment following Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival and the recent signing of Samir Nasri, but Gary Medel’s arrival is one rumour that appears to be gathering pace.

Turkish outlet Milliyet claim that the Chilean midfielder is pushing for the move and forcing Besiktas to negotiate with the Hammers, suggesting that the 31-year-old is keen to join the club.

It is in stark contrast to many recent additions, such as Lucas Perez and even Felipe Anderson, who were linked with much bigger clubs before eventually settling for a move to east London.

Gary Alexis Medel Soto of Besiktas JK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match between Medipol Basaksehir FK and Besiktas AS at the Recep Fatih Terim stadium on November 03, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Whether this is down to a change in strategy or simply the fact that Pellegrini is operating on a tighter budget this month than compared to the summer, it remains to be seen.


Experienced and knowing the Premier League well from his time with Cardiff, Medel would add some much needed steel to West Ham’s midfield and would add competition for the likes of Mark Noble and Declan Rice.

Coming fairly cheap, with Milliyet suggesting that a bid of 7 million euros (£6.3 million) may be enough to seal a deal, Pellegrini could do far worse than add the passion and desire of his compatriot to his squad.

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