West Ham United have been named as one of two Premier League teams interested in signing Shinji Kagawa this summer (Takvim).
The Borussia Dortmund playmaker is currently out on loan at Turkish club Besiktas, where he has made six appearances and scored three goals so far.
It is thought that once he returns to Germany, he will not have a future with his parent club.
The club are understood to value Kagawa at around £11 million, with West Ham and Everton both credited as interested parties.
West Ham’s link is a strange one – Manuel Pellegrini already has a number of options that can play in Kagawa’s position.
Manuel Lanzini is an excellent number 10 who has only just returned from injury.
Samir Nasri is also effective when playing off the central striker, as is Felipe Anderson.
It is difficult to see how Pellegrini would have any need for someone like Kagawa.
Of course, Nasri is only on a short-term deal at the London Stadium but the Frenchman has shown flashes of his technical brilliance and arguably should be kept on for another season.
Kagawa is no longer the mobile attacker he once was, and West Ham should be thinking about improving other areas of their team such as their defence.