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West Ham round-up: Mario Husillous appointed Director of Football, deal agreed for Issa Diop

The day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham

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Director appointed

West Ham have appointed Mario Husillos as the club’s new director of football, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The Argentine, 59, has joined the Hammers on a three-year deal after fulfilling the same role at Malaga, where he previously worked with current West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini. And he will now take charge of all player recruitment at the London Stadium.

At the Spanish outfit, Husillos assisted Malaga in reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while finishing sixth in La Liga during in the 2012/13 season. But concerns were raised over his recent track record, as a host of recruitment in January wasn’t enough to save the club from relegation last term.

Defender deal

The club are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to bring in Toulouse defender in a deal worth £22 million, according to reports from Sky Sports.

The France U23 captain emerged as a serious talent last term in Ligue 1, making 37 appearances for Toulouse; as they survived relegation through the play-offs despite finishing 18th in the table.

Diop’s likely signing will follow Pellegrini’s acquisition of Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks, while the club remain keen on finalising a deal for relegated goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski in the coming days, according to Sky Sports.

Felipe Anderson alternative?

West Ham are interested in signing Nice’s £18 million rated winger Allan Saint-Maximin, according to reports from the Sun, with progress stalling on a deal for Lazio forward Felipe Anderson.

The injury to Manuel Lanzini – sustained in training with Argentina – has put added pressure on Pellegrini to secure attacking reinforcements this summer, and the U21 France international has been identified as a potential replacement for next term.

Saint-Maximin bagged five goals and nine assists  in 40 appearances for his outfit, as they secured an impressive eighth place finish in Ligue 1. The Hammers are also reportedly turning their attentions to the 21-year-old, as his asking price is around half of Anderson’s at £18 million.

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West Ham round-up: club consider move for Chris Smalling, suffer setback in chase for Felipe Anderson

A round-up of the day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham

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Ambitious swoop

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

The club are set to back Manuel Pellegrini with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Jose Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, and the Englishman could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term if he stays.

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Set back for winger

Pellegrini has suffered a setback in his quest to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio this summer, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com, as both parties are currently unable to agree over financial issues.

According to the report, Lazio want £30.5 million as transfer fee plus £4.3 million in bonuses, but West Ham are currently unwilling to spend in excess of £26 million, as they look to bolster the squad in multiple areas.

Moreover, the Italian club are asserting that any deal must have a selling on fee for the Brazilian, meaning they would receive a percentage of the transfer fee, if West Ham were to sell the 25-year-old in the future.

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Boost for defender

Nice have announced that long-spanning West Ham target Marlon Santos will not have to fulfil the initial expectation of two-loan seasons with Ligue 1 outfit, and will instead return to parent club Barcelona after completing his first year, according to Sky Sports.

A statement on Nice’s official website said: “In agreement with Barcelona, the Brazilian who was loaned to Nice last summer will not wear the Nice colours in 2018-19. He now returns to the Catalan club.”

Pellegrini will now likely revive his interest in the £22 million rated centre-back, while also courting Chris Smalling and Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.

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West Ham weigh up bid for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling following World Cup omission

West Ham are considering moving for Manchester United’s first-choice regular.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, with Tottenham superstar Toby Alderweireld among a host of targets, following on from the signings of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. And Smalling could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term as a result.

West Ham are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old a crucial first-team role at the London Stadium,with Manuel Pellegrini in the market for quality additions to bolster his squad ahead of loftier ambitions next season.

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The club are set to back the Chilean coach with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Other high-profile pursuits are currently stalling over financial demands, with Javier Pastore yet to agree personal terms, while Lazio are asserting that a “sell on clause” must be inserted for Felipe Anderson. 

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And so the Hammers may consider turning their present focus onto the United defender. However, it is unlikely Mourinho will let a first-team regular depart the club without a direct replacement in the offing. So West Ham will be keeping a watchful eye over United’s progress for an additional centre-back this summer.

Pellegrini is also interested in the possibility of bringing recently relegated Swansea man Alfie Mawson to east London, according to Sky Sports, as his outfit shipped the join-most goals in the Premier League last season with 68.

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Incoming West Ham signing was once on his way to Manchester United

West Ham are set to sign the Brazilian from Lazio this summer.

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West Ham United are on the verge of agreeing on a deal to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio, according to Sky Italia.

The report claims that the Hammers have agreed a £26 million fee to sign the player with Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare set to arrive in London today to conclude a deal.

The report claims personal terms are nearly agreed and the Brazilian will sign a deal worth £80k-a-week.

It will be a massive marquee signing for West Ham, with Anderson a fantastic talent who has previously been linked with a big-money move to England.

(Felipe Anderson 11-04-2018 Salisburgo Viaggio Lazio per la Trasferta in Austria per la partita di Europa League contro il Salisburgo. @ Marco Rosi / Fotonotizia

Back in 2016, one year after a first failed attempt to sign him, Manchester United launched a massive bid to bring Anderson to Old Trafford.

As reported by the Mirror the Italian side claimed that a £47 million fee had been agreed between both clubs to see Anderson head to Manchester. The deal was set to be confirmed in the summer of 2016. However, Louis van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho that summer and any deal for Anderson fell away.

West Ham are therefore getting their hands on an incredible signing. Now fully fit after an abductor tear that saw him struggle at the start of the season West Ham will be signing a brilliant player.

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