After Slaven Bilic was quoted as saying to Sky Sports that his squad was too small and he needs another one or two signings to face up to the demands of the Premier League and a Europa League campaign, there have been a few rumours of potential arrivals.
One of those signings could be Swansea striker Andre Ayew, say the Daily Mail. The Mail reports that despite interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, the Hammers could beat them to the Ghanian’s signature by offering the Swans a swap deal involving their in-demand striker Enner Valencia.
Ayew has a proven track record in the Premier League, unlike many of their top targets so far this summer, and it would be considered a coup to bring in a player being chased by a host of so called ‘bigger’ clubs. Whilst he does not compare to the likes of Lacazette or Bacca in worldwide acclaim or inherent quality, he would certainly fill the role of a striker to score the goals to fire West Ham to the next level.
Bizarrely, he could even be joined by his brother, Jordan. Foot Mercato claim that the attacker is on the Irons’ hit-list as one of their top targets this summer as they reorganise their striking priorities. Hamburg are said to have tabled an £8 million offer, while Nice are offering to take him on loan, but if West Ham could bring in his brother Andre, they would undoubtedly be in pole position.
The Ghanian’s record is not as impressive as his brother’s, but he did only play for Aston Villa in an atrocious season for the Villains. Many see Jordan Ayew as a substitute for the expected outgoings of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, in that he will not be first choice but will be a good addition to add depth to the squad.
Another signing could be Chelsea target Nikola Maksimovic according to the Daily Star. The Torino centre-back has been valued at £18 million by his club but is also being monitored by Blues’ boss Antonio Conte. The 24-year-old can also play in a holding midfield position to add flexibility to Bilic’s squad.
Such a move would undoubtedly add strength in depth, but it is hard to see any big money moves for defenders being completed until the Irons have secured one of their attacking targets.
However, they are set to miss out on Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra, claim the Essex Chronicle. They claim that the feisty Juventus midfielder is instead set to complete a move to Napoli and remain in Italy.
In truth, it isn’t a massive blow for the Hammers, as central midfield is far from their top priority this summer. With Napoli having the Higuain money to spend, it seems improbable that West Ham would ever have been able to compete financially, and a deal for Pereyra was perhaps never particularly likely.
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