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West Ham United should be thinking more long-term amid Valencia links

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West Ham United should be thinking more long-term amid Valencia links

West Ham United are reportedly keen to sign Antonio Valencia.

As claimed by The Sun, Manuel Pellegrini is considering replacing Pablo Zabaleta with the Manchester United player, who becomes a free agent at the end of the current season as it stands.

The Ecuador international has been at Old Trafford since 2007 after signing from Wigan Athletic.

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He started out as a winger before eventually transitioning into a full-back. To his credit, he really became one of the best in that position a few years ago.

Recently though Valencia has declined immensely.

This term he’s made just four starts in the Premier League and has struggled with various injury problems.


West Ham shouldn’t replace old with old

Manuel Pellegrini is on the lookout for a new right-back, with Pablo Zabaleta supposedly considering retirement at the end of the current season.

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But the Chilean surely cannot think that this would be a good move.

Valencia is clearly not the player he once was.

The Hammers signed an ageing Patrice Evra last season and that should serve as a reason not to try and get Valencia, with the Frenchman clearly way past his best.

Unless Valencia would be willing to take a big wage cut and operate as a deputy, West Ham should be targeting somebody younger to replace Zabaleta long-term.

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Victor Moses of Chelsea could be a good bet, as someone who needs a change of environment.

West Ham seem to have a new ambition about them now given all the spending in the summer of 2018. They have a great new manager and the team is starting to gel, and this seems like the kind of signing that would be made under David Moyes or Slaven Bilic.

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