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West Ham should snap up relegated England international Jack Butland

The Stoke City star will not be short of offers this summer.

Max Cohen

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After Stoke City‘s crushing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace sealed their relegation to the Championship on Saturday, focus quickly shifted to the future destinations of the Potters’ stars.

Among these possibly outgoing players is goalkeeper Jack Butland, a superb shot-stopper that West Ham must target this summer to solve their defensive issues.

The Hammers have struggled all season to find a reliable first-choice keeper, with both Adrián and Joe Hart unconvincingly vying for the starting role.

Inconsistency at the back has been the standout concern for West Ham this season, as the east London side have conceded a remarkable 67 goals to date – the most in the entire league.

Hart, the 31-year-old former England number one, has endured a particularly poor year at the London Stadium.

The Manchester City loanee has made a host of high-profile errors that have led to goals, most notably a terrible fumble that allowed Stoke’s Peter Crouch to score in late April.

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The perfect solution for West Ham’s goalkeeping woes could come in the form of the 25-year-old keeper Jack Butland.

In an abject Stoke side, Butland has provided a lone bright spot, consistently contributing stunning stops and crucial blocks that have saved the Potters’ season from being even worse.

In addition, the Englishman holds the outstanding record of having made the most saves in the Premier League this season, with a remarkable 135 stops so far.

Butland ranks above Jordan Pickford, David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, and more in the prestigious ranking.

A player of his quality between the sticks at West Ham would be a massive boost to the club’s long-term stability and defensive prowess.

Already an England international at the age of 25, Butland has the potential to be the Hammers’ first choice goalkeeper for the next decade.

Furthermore, Butland has refused to commit his future to the Bet365 Stadium, claiming in the aftermath of the Palace defeat that his sole focus is the World Cup and “beyond that we’ll have to wait and see.”

West Ham must make the transfer of the Stoke goalkeeper a top priority this summer to shore up their frustratingly leaky defence and secure a long-term rock at the back.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Should West Ham revisit interest in Gonzalo Martinez as Premier League rivals linger?

West Ham were linked with a move for the Argentine playmaker last summer.

Mathew Nash

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Everton, Tottenham and Southampton are all being linked with a move for Argentine playmaker Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez by Italian source Calciomercato this week. The River Plate star looks set to finally make a move to Europe and has also been linked with Lazio, although his agent has denied contact with the Italian club.

If West Ham fans feel like they recognise that name it is with good reason. Last summer the Hammers were linked with signing the Argentine talent.

As reported by Argentine newspaper Jornal De Noticias, as relayed by Sport Witness last summer, West Ham were hopeful of signing the player if a deal to Sporting Lisbon fell through.

No move to Sporting happened and West Ham also did not sign him.

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But that was last summer. This year the Hammers are throwing everything at a top-ten finish with some fantastic recruitment this term.

Manuel Pellegrini, who knows the South American market well, will surely know of Martinez’s talents and what he could bring to West Ham.

He would also be affordable. With a reported release clause of just €15 million (£13.3 million), he could be a bargain buy compared to European prices. He also holds an EU passport, negating the need for a work permit and could be an excellent alternative to Manuel Lanzini whilst his countryman is injured.

West Ham should seriously consider reigniting their interest in the Argentine maestro this summer.

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Five ins and outs West Ham could complete this week

West Ham’s spending spree at the London Stadium shows no signs of stopping.

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Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in the transfer market following his arrival at West Ham this summer and deals continue to be lined-up by the Hammers.

The club-record capture of Felipe Anderson from Lazio at the weekend took the club’s spending this summer past the £85 million mark, according to TransferMarkt, and departures are likely to help balance the club’s finances.

However, despite already signing eight new players, Pellegrini’s side continue to be linked to further arrivals as the Hammers look to climb the Premier League standings next term and fight for a return to European football.

Ahead of what could be another busy week for the Hammers, we have identified five deals that could be concluded this week.

Bernard: Free transfer

The captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko have bolstered West Ham’s line in the final third, reducing the club’s reliance on Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic, but Pellegrini seems to be eyeing further depth.

Available on a free transfer following his exit from Shakhtar Donetsk, having spent five years in Ukraine, Portuguese outlet O Jogo have stated that West Ham have outbid Benfica in the hunt for the 25-year-old Brazil ace.

According to the report, West Ham have offered £6.2m as a signing bonus and are prepared to pay the explosive winger £68k-a-week if he completes a move to the London Stadium.

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Jordan Hugill to Leeds United

Signing from Preston North End in January, Jordan Hugill earned just 22 minutes of Premier League football for West Ham in the second-half of the season and an exit is likely before the start of the new campaign.

The Sun states Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are eyeing a move for the 26-year-old forward as the Lilywhites aim to battle for a return to the top-tier, although Hugill’s wage demands mean only a loan deal is on the cards.

QPR are also eyeing a move for Hugill, who is expected to be allowed to leave the London Stadium despite the recent injury to Andy Carroll.

Yerry Mina: Barcelona

After the defender outscored Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi at the World Cup, Yerry Mina has become hot property in the market and Spanish outlet Sport name West Ham as one of three Premier League sides interested in his services.

The Hammers will face competition from Everton and Leicester City, who are also stated to have lodged bids for the 23-year-old Colombia international, and Barcelona may be forced into a sale due to LaLiga’s non-EU player regulations.

Barcelona have already hit their quota of three, with Mina taking up a slot alongside Philippe Coutinho and new signing Arthur, but the LaLiga champions continue to pursue Chelsea winger Willian – and Mina is likely to be sacrificed for a deal to go ahead.

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Javier Hernandez to Besiktas

After signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez struggled to find his feet back in the Premier League and often saw Marko Arnautovic played centrally ahead of him in the latter stages of the season.

Turkish outlet Star report Besiktas’ interest in the 30-year-old Mexico international, who may find himself surplus to requirements following West Ham’s captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko – who could play either side of Arnautovic next season if the Austria ace leads the line.

“Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we’ll see,”

Javier Hernandez refuses to clarify his future ahead of the World Cup.

Marcelo: Lyon

Defence still seems to be the area of focus for Pellegrini, despite already signing Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbeuna, and Lyon centre-back Marcelo is reported to be the latest player targeted by the Hammers.

The Daily Mail states West Ham have seen a huge bid of £18m for the 31-year-old Brazil defender turned down by Lyon, who only joined the French side last summer, but the Ligue 1 giants are standing firm as they demand at least £20m for his services.

With Winston Reid facing three months on the sidelines, Pellegrini is keen to bolster the depth available to him at the back ahead of the 2018-19 season.

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Bernard deal would be coup over London rivals for West Ham United

West Ham have reportedly offered a contract to Bernard.

Mathew Nash

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West Ham United’s impressive summer transfer activity does not look ending just yet. After incredible deals to sign Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere the Hammers now want to sign Brazilian international Bernard.

As reported by O Jogo, West Ham have offered the Brazilian star a €7 million (£6.2 million) signing on fee. Bernard, who is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk, is also set to make around €4 million (£3.5 million) a year at the London Stadium.

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West Ham first have to beat Benfica to his services. But if they did, it would be a huge coup bringing in a player that most of London have wanted in the past.

In the summer of 2013 both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were being heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian star Bernard.


“We had offers from Tottenham, and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn’t have the money. All of it happened in a moment Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so there was interest from various teams, but the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”

– Bernard after deals to head to England collapsed in 2013


The attacking midfielder was looking to make his move to Europe from Atletico Mineiro and it seemed London could be the location.

No deal ever came about for the player and, in the summer of 2014, he told FourFourTwo magazine that the English clubs were not prepared to pay the £21.5 million for his services upfront – unlike Shakhtar.

Chelsea have also been linked with the player. As reported by Brazilian site UOL in November last year, the Blues were keen on agreeing to a free transfer for the player

West Ham would, therefore, be bringing in a player who has been wanted at each of London’s top three clubs. It will be interesting to see if Bernard does sign for West Ham and if he can help the Hammers close the gap to their city rivals.

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