The Hammers are desperate to add depth and quality in defence, particularly on the right hand side, whilst the Telegraph link the club with a move for Manchester City full-back Bacary Sagna and the Mirror say they are preparing an offer for his teammate Pablo Zabaleta. Both are set to see their contracts expire in the summer and have not yet been offered a new deal with Pep Guardiola keen to shift some older players and deadwood from his squad.
Both would be superb additions, but it could be costly to convince Zabaleta in particular to move to London, whilst Sagna could return to the city where he really made his name whilst he was at Arsenal.
Spanish newspaper AS claim that West Ham are one of two Premier League clubs monitoring Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey after he shone in the African Cup of Nations. The 23-year-old central midfielder has played just 242 minutes for the Spanish side in all competitions and has a buy-out clause worth £20.5 million.
With such little game time, Diego Simeone may even consider allowing the Ghanian to leave and join up with international team-mate Andre Ayew in London. However, he would not have been allowed to leave in January due to the club’s transfer ban meaning that Simeone would not sanction any departures, making a summer move much more likely.
On Saturday though, there was a bitter pill to swallow as Johnny Evans’ header was deflected in off Gareth Macauley to earn West Brom a share of the spoils in injury time in a 2-2 draw. Manager Slaven Bilic reflected on the game, saying:
“To be fair we played fantastic. Even including last season, that was one of our best games. We were great as a team, as individuals also. We were very positive going forward with the ball, hurting them and also keeping the shape to stop them counter-attacking us… We did it, and should have scored more, so to concede the equaliser in this way is very frustrating… We were on the wrong end of all the major decisions, and there were more than a few.”
It was undoubtedly frustrating for the Irons, who will now have a prolonged break with no FA Cup action next weekend.
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