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West Ham should step up interest in Mario Lemina after Jack Wilshere developments

The midfielder could be the man West Ham are looking for.

Jamie Watts

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West Ham‘s move for free-agent Jack Wilshere has reportedly hit a stumbling block, with the Hammers only wanting to sign the midfielder on an initial one-year contract according to the Sun.

Reservations over the player’s fitness have allegedly caused Manuel Pellegrini to proceed with caution in regards to offering a long-term deal to the 26-year-old, and it appears Wilshere could now join the long list of midfielders on the negotiating table.

The Chilean has expressed his desire to get the Hammers playing attacking and progressive football again next term, and views a quality midfield addition as vital in achieving this. High-profile names such as Javier Pastore (Sky Sports) and Yaya Toure (the Independent) had been linked to east London, but talks for both seem to be stalling.

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Perhaps he should revisit interest in Southampton‘s Mario Lemina then (Foot Mercato). The ex-Juventus man would inject the quality Pellegrini is looking for in midfield, using his strength and low centre of gravity to burst through the lines towards goal, similar to Wilshere.

The player could certainly get on board with the idea of pushing towards European football, having been surprised to find himself scrapping to survive relegation upon moving from Turin, and he could quickly become an important member of West Ham’s squad.

Hammers fans will be becoming increasingly frustrated at being linked with marquee names, before seeing deals fall through without gathering any real traction, and Lemina – aside from Wilshere – is probably the most realistic West Ham target thus far.

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Three strikers West Ham must consider after Andy Carroll’s latest setback

A new striker is needed with Andy Carroll out for three months.

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West Ham have been extremely active in the transfer market this summer but Andy Carroll’s latest injury leaves their forward line severely undermanned.

With Javier Hernandez not managing to fully impress in his return to the Premier League last term and Jordan Hugill featuring for just 22 minutes after signing from Preston in January, news from BBC Sport that Carroll will miss the first three months of the season following a recurrence of an ankle injury is not surprising.

Admittedly it is not a massive surprise given Carroll’s injury history and the latest setback shows Manuel Pellegrini where he needs to focus on strengthening his side, otherwise it could be another turbulent campaign in east London.

“Andy played and scored in Sunday’s match but is still reporting some discomfort in his ankle and further scans have revealed that he requires some minor surgery to provide more strength and stability to the area.”

Head of Medical, Richard Collinge, provides an update on Carroll’s injury.

Fortunately, though, there are bargains to be had in the market and we have collected three ideal targets here.

Gregoire Defrel – Roma

First linked with a move to West Ham last summer by Tuttomercatoweb, Gregoire Defrel eventually moved across Serie A from Sassuolo to join Roma but the France striker has struggled to make a positive impression during his time at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 27-year-old netted just one goal in 15 league appearances for Roma and Corriere Dello Sport claim he could be on the move once again, with West Ham attributed with an interest in his services alongside Sassuolo and Genoa.

While his record in front of goal last season was poor, Defrel would present a decent option in the squad for Pellegrini as an alternative to Mexico star Hernandez.

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Bas Dost – Sporting Lisbon

Seemingly linked with a move to the Premier League since the dawn of time, the Netherlands striker may end up coming to a stadium near you very soon following his departure from Sporting Lisbon – cancelling his contract after being attacked by fans at the training ground.

With 61 goals in 61 league appearances for the Portuguese giants, the availability of the 29-year-old on a free transfer is something West Ham should definitely not pass them by, having first tried to move for the striker way back in 2012, according to ESPN.

As far as free signings go, Bas Dost could potentially be one of the best in years and there is little risk attached to a transfer. He could even end up playing ahead of Javier Hernandez rather than a back-up option.

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Roberto Inglese – Napoli

Sky Italia (h/t Sky Sports) first reported West Ham’s interest in Napoli striker Roberto Inglese in June and speculation could begin to mount after Carroll’s injury, following a successful spell on-loan with Serie A minnows Chievo last term – scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances.

At 6 ft 1, Inglese could be the target man to replace Carroll in the long-term and the 26-year-old may be a better option to lead the line than Hernandez. However, his reported valuation of £17 million may be a difficult figure for a side, whose spending is approaching £100 million, to finance.

Sporting Lisbon, the club enduring a torrid time in the market amidst a wealth of departures, have been mentioned as potential candidates for Inglese’s services but West Ham should certainly make a move to beat them in the hunt.

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One winner and one loser as West Ham sign Andriy Yarmolenko

The Ukranian international signed for a £17.5 million fee.

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On Wednesday, West Ham United announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko, for a reported £17.5 million fee.

The news was greeted by West Ham supporters, as they had acquired the services of an impressive player with Champions League experience, and it spelled good news for West Ham’s strikers who will now enjoy a wealth of excellent service.

Yet, the signing must have been a blow for Felipe Anderson, the Lazio winger who has been heavily reported to be on his way to east London as well.

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Winner: West Ham United strikers

The plight of the Hammers’ strikeforce has been well-publicised: until last season, no player had reached double-digits in Premier League goals for the club in over a decade.

Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, and co. will be chomping at the bit to play alongside a winger of Yarmolenko’s quality, who is well-known for his wicked delivery.

The addition of the 28-year-old will bring an increase in dangerous crosses and attacking firepower to their forward line, surely resulting in a more respectable goal tally for the club’s struggling strikers.

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Loser: Felipe Anderson

The Brazilian winger is said to be extremely close to a move from the Stadio Olimpico to the London Stadium, but his plans must have been thrown into disarray after the announcement of fellow winger Yarmolenko.

It seems the Hammers will splurge on hefty transfer fees for players who largely occupy the same position, meaning Anderson’s dream of moving to the Premier League with West Ham will be more arduous than he had expected.

Normally, when a club pledges a £40 million fee (as reported by BBC Sport) to sign a player, they make that figure a key part of the squad.

Yet, by bringing in Yarmolenko, the 25-year-old Anderson faces a far tougher task at West Ham, where he will be forced to enter into a battle for a starting spot from day one at the club.

There is no reason why such competition is a bad thing for supporters, as a battle for places can result in an uptick in effort from all involved.

However, for Felipe Anderson, the signing of a direct competitor just days before he is reportedly set to sign will surely hurt his confidence.

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West Ham must go all-out to land World Cup finalist Steven N’Zonzi

The Hammers need to ensure they win the race for the World Cup finalist attracting plenty of interest.

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New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time diving into the market for new additions but there is still room for improvement in his squad.

The Hammers have already signed Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Jack Wilshere, while deals for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, Borussia Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko and Corinthians’ Fabian Balbeuna are poised to go ahead – leaving West Ham with an exciting XI for the 2018-19 season.

However, Pellegrini’s deals have focused around rejuvenating his defensive line and providing attacking support for Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic, largely ignoring a major problem area at the heart of midfield.

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While Wilshere’s arrival should ease the concerns surrounding Manuel Lanzini’s long-term injury absence, West Ham need a combative midfielder to play in a holding role to protect a defence that conceded a league-high 58 goals last season.

French outlet Le10Sport suggests West Ham have found their man in the form of Steven N’Zonzi, stating the Hammers are fighting London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham for the services of the World Cup finalist, who came off the bench for France in the 1-0 semi-final victory over Belgium.


“A team is not only stars, he has no genius but he is effective in his role.”

– French national team boss, Didier Deschamps, after selecting N’Zonzi for his World Cup finals squad.


With a mammoth release clause of £35 million, 29-year-old N’Zonzi would be an expensive recruit for Pellegrini’s side but he is the sort of player that West Ham have been crying out for in recent years – and securing a deal would erase the memories of the embarrassing saga surrounding Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho last summer.

While West Ham’s activity in the market so far has been impressive, and the other additions on the horizon will catch the eye, the Hammers need to make a major statement of intent as they seek to climb the Premier League rankings next term.

Beating Arsenal and Tottenham, who can both offer European football, to the services of N’Zonzi would do exactly that, so it is time for West Ham to go all-out in pursuit of the former Blackburn and Stoke man.

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