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Could West Ham’s Mario Husillos finally bring Diego Rolan to England?

West Ham have just appointed a new director of football and Rolan is available this summer.

Mathew Nash



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Diego Rolan is a name that has long been linked with the Premier League. The Uruguayan striker has seen his name mentioned with plenty of potential switches to English football over the years and with good reason.

The 25-year-old is fast and strong with a good eye for goal. During his time with Bordeaux, he showed a good eye for goal and a move to the UK always seemed a possibility.

This summer, West Ham should definitely consider bringing Rolan in.

The striker spent last season on loan at Malaga, working under the Hammers new director of football Mario Husillos. It was effectively a stop-gap loan, with a deal to join Deportivo La Coruna in the summer already agreed.

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However, as reported by L’Equipe this week that deal has collapsed and Rolan remains a Bordeaux player for the time being.

His future at the club would still appear bleak and West Ham could offer him a perfect escape. Husillos now knows Rolan well and the Uruguayan would add an extra dimension to the striking department at West Ham.

Goals would not necessarily flow with him at the club. But he is a hard-working and robust forward who will quickly win over the Hammers fans with his work-rate and belief.

If he is available on the cheap, then West Ham supremo Husillos should plan a reunion at the London Stadium.

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Crystal Palace

West Ham round up: Lucasz Fabianksi, Issa Diop in next 24 hours, Roma enter race for Javier Pastore

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

Jamie Watts



Double unveiling in next 24 hours?

West Ham have been negotiating deals for Swansea City goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop for over a week now, and the Evening Standard are reporting that a double unveiling is imminent in the next 24 hours.

Manuel Pellegrini is set to encore the signing of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks with the Poland goalkeeper, having agreed a three-year deal, with £7 million going to the recently relegated Swans. The delay is said to be due to the 33-year-old’s inclusion in his nations clash with Senegal today.

Diop has reportedly completed his medical in London yesterday, despite interest from the likes of Everton and Sevilla, with RMC Sport claiming the player will sign a five-year deal at the London Stadium, tying him until the club until 2033 for a fee of around £22 million.

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Pastore falling through?

Pellegrini had expressed an interest in signing Paris Saint Germain want-away Javier Pastore earlier this month, but talks have stalled over constant financial issues and it now appears Italian giants Roma are keen to move in, according to ESPN.

Sky Sports Italy are suggesting that Roma is the more appealing option to the 28-year-old, and are even claiming that the Argentine’s agent Marcelo Simonian has flown to Italy and has agreed a £24 million deal for a four-year contract, with the option to extend another year in the capital.

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Antonio to Palace?

Crystal Palace could make a move for West Ham winger Michail Antonio this summer as they look to add more firepower to their squad after securing Premier League survival.

According to the Daily Mirror, Antonio has been told he is not part of the Hammers’ long-term plans under the new management of Pellegrini and is set to leave.

The Hammers are apparently open to offers and it is suggested that Palace might face stiff competition for a player who has scored 20 goals in 76 Premier League appearances.

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Ever Banega could be the midfielder Manuel Pellegrini is looking for at West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini should look to act now if he’s serious about landing quality midfielders this summer.

Jamie Watts



Valencia midfielder Ever Banega is reportedly being courted by Arsenal this summer, according to Gazza Mercato, as Unai Emery has managed the Argentine international at both Valencia and Sevilla. But West Ham should be looking to get in on the action.

The reports claim the 29-year-old’s agent will fly to north London to hold talks with the Gunners over a potential move, but Manuel Pellegrini will surely throw his name in the hat once the player arrives in the capital.

At the reported fee of £10.5 million – with his contract set to expire imminently – the former Inter Milan man could very well become the bargain of the summer, in a frantic market where players of his calibre go for five times the fee.

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Pellegrini has been tasked with getting West Ham back to playing attacking and progressive football next term, and has identified a midfielder as the key to ushering in his new philosophy. The Chilean boss has courted the likes of Javier Pastore, Yaya Toure, Mario Lemina and most recently Jack Wilshere, but progress has stalled recently on the first three, and Banega could present a key opportunity to land a serious player on great terms.

The fleet-footed play-maker bases his game around control and creativity, buzzing around receiving the ball to feet frequently, before crafting attacks using his exceptional vision and passing range.

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Banega’s impact was incredibly noticeable in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland at the weekend, as a second-half introduction sparked Lionel Messi and co into a far more dangerous outfit. The little maestro was constantly available for the ball and kept pressure sustained for long-periods, acting as the catalyst for building attacks after a disjointed first-half display.

And his style would certainly elevate the Hammers’ play next season in the England. Banega is that good, he could quickly become recognised as one of the finest Premier League midfielders and Pellegrini may regret letting him go to Arsenal uncontested.

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After Felipe Anderson £35m valuation West Ham should turn attention to Julian Brandt

West Ham should enquire for the German starlet if Lazio maintain their stance.

Jamie Watts



West Ham have been pursuing Felipe Anderson for the last few weeks, with it looking increasingly likely the Brazilian will end up joining the ranks at the London Stadium. However, the latest reports from the Mirror are suggesting Lazio are demanding £35 million for the player, which is proving something of a stumbling block for the Hammers.

Perhaps Manuel Pellegrini should begin enquiring for alternatives, as the pursuit for Anderson continues to throw up new issues on a daily basis. First the 25-year-old’s wages proved caused an issue, followed by Lazio’s desire for a sell-on clause to be inserted in any deal, and now the asking price has reportedly rocketed from £29 million to £35 million.

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It’s not worth ending negotiations at this early stage, but there’s no harm in looking into alternatives, and the opportunity for a better deal may come along. As such, Pellegrini should reach out to Bayer Leverkusen over the possibility of signing the man preferred to Leroy Sane in the German World Cup squad, Julian Brandt.

Formerly a winner of the Fritz-Walter Gold Medal – awarded to the most talented players in Germany – Brandt has been producing quality performances for a long-time in the Bundesliga despite being just 22. Leverkusen snapped up the starlet from the Wolfsburg youth ranks, who was playing Champions League football against the likes of Paris Saint Germain at just 17. And he notably collected a winners medal at the European U19 Championship.

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Brandt plays on the left similarly to Anderson and employs a similar style, using his powerful running and quick feet to trouble defences. Now boasting 32 goals and 34 assists in 172 appearances for Leverkusen, he has also chalked up 15 international caps – three of which came in the FIFA Confederations Cup triumph, and he looks to be constantly improving.

His impact was almost instant for Germany against Mexico yesterday as his volley rifled past Guillermo Ochoa agonisingly wide just minutes after coming off the bench, and teams the world over will be monitoring the youngster throughout the rest of the competition.

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