West Ham: Loan move for Bony; another bid for Bacca; Janmaat competition
As the Hammers continue their hunt for a striker, although now with the intention of easing an injury crisis which has cost them the services of Andy Carroll and new signing Andre Ayew, the Telegraph claim that there could now be a loan deal on the cards for Wilfried Bony as he is set to move away from Manchester City. They claim that a deal has already been agreed for him to move to China for £25 million in the January transfer window, and the Irons are hoping to take advantage by securing his services until then.
That has seen the likelihood of a move for Bony increase tenfold, though it is still unknown if Manchester City are prepared to allow Bony to leave on loan until the new year as any potential injury could prevent the move to China going ahead. If he does come though, it looks like the perfect deal for all parties, with the Ivory Coast international able to provide cover until Andre Ayew is expected to return around Christmas, with Andy Carroll expected back even sooner.
In yet another unexpected twist, the Mail claim that the Hammers are going to try to persuade Carlos Bacca to move to the London Stadium one last time, by restructuring the offer. Despite already having turned down the move to London as he seeks Champions League football and does not want to leave Milan, reports claim that West Ham will offer less money than the initial bid, now just under £20 million instead of the initial £26 million, but with more of it up front in an attempt to encourage Milan to force Bacca out.
However, it seems unlikely that the move will be successful. West Ham have already offered to double Bacca’s wages and with the transfer deadline only just over a week away now, Milan are unlikely to want to sell. The Italian club had wanted to sell the Colombian to fund other moves, but with so little time left to finalise other deals it seems unlikely that they would actively force out the striker, particularly given that he scored a hat-trick to give them an opening day 3-2 victory this weekend.
The Irons could also face competition in their move for Newcastle United full-back Daryl Janmaat, with Watford also registering an interest, claim the Mail. The Dutch 27-year-old is desperate for a Premier League return and was left out of Newcastle’s squad for their victory over Bristol City as they put a value of £10 million on his head ahead of potential bids from the Hornets and the Hammers.
Janmaat would provide competition for Sam Byram at right-back and would also allow Michail Antonio to play further forward in his preferred position on the wing, in which he excelled on Sunday in victory against Bournemouth. As one of the few consistent and good performers in Newcastle’s squad as they were relegated last season, the move could be a positive one. Sam Byram could improve with more competition and would likely benefit from the experience of a player like Janmaat, so the deal may progress quickly.
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