£30m plus for Pellegrini summer signings


Reports that West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will have £30 million plus all monies brought in from player sales this summer are essentially correct.

But should they need to, the Hammers are likely to set up a borrowing arrangement for whatever remains to be found for  priority target Maxi Gomez should it turn out they have to meet the Celta Vigo €45 million buy out clause.

There remain hopes that this could be reduced to €22 million should Vigo be relegated from La Liga but currently they sit three points of the drop zone although only three points separate them from 18th placed Real Vallidolid.

CandH has learned the Hammers remain entirely centred on bringing Gomez to the club this summer three years ahead of his  contract ending in Spain.

Manuel Pellegrini is also keen to bring in another central defender, box to box midfielder and a back up striker as he gets to grips with the weaknesses in the squad.

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  • ray f says:

    Plus two full backs that’s a must as we only have zab and Fred’s still learning and Ben Johnson still learning too

  • hammers64 says:

    Its a drop in the ocean by todays standards as we need 2 or 3 real quality signings to advance next season.A few will be leaving this Summer for sure.We have the nucleus of a really good team but injuries have shown the lack of strength in depth.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    At 22 million euro’s all of Europe will be after him so I would suspect that won’t happen. It looks like we have to hope we can sell Rice for £100m and Anderson for high £80’s million then, I find it baffling that the chairmen talk of next level but if you look at every manager they have ever employed throughout their time at Birmingham they are only ever allowed on big window and that is the season they come to the club. I like the chairmen and respect everything which has been mostly good they have done but imho we are stable now, its time to move away from the devil we know to some owners that are prepared to invest significantly long term in our future so that we can genuinely establish ourselves in Europe and the top 6 or 7.

  • JRS says:

    £30m is maybe the CF we need may cost more. Then we can find some solid under radar. One great free we should get is Nantes Enock Kwateng only 22 is like Wan-Bissaka. RB can play CB he is very quick strong & great defender like WBA he can get fwd but is main game is defending which is what we need he can get better going fwd. 22yo in free is better then Medel at 33.
    Wouldn’t have high wages. Robin Olsen Skov from Norn in Denmark would be a great buy for a attacker at 19 won’t break bank.
    Then a CB like Mario Hermoso I like a lot is left fitted can cover LB is a great passer 22yo. Maripan or Manncini at 23 6’5 has 6 goals.
    A lot of talent out there. Butost our money will go to CF. We buy one solid well rounded CF like Mitrovic or Haller then can get a £5m up & comer or from lower leagues like Diallo for Metz 20 goals Ligue 2. Bundesliga 2 have a lot.
    And a solid CM box to box Donny Van De Beak be great, Joan Jordan, Michael Vlap, Vilahenna, Stef Sensi at Sassoulo would be great.
    Hope we don’t sell Rice bc he would be the hardest to replace. You take him out our team this season & IMO we are battling relegation. No just bc his composure break up play & intelligence so only has one yellow I think bc tho he can make great tackles he reads the danger before & gets the interception. But he has also be crucial in our link up from defence & mid to fwds. Lanzini said that was is fav thing about him & he has been the DM we needed for years. He would cost £50m llua to replace & his cover wouldn’t know the club like him or squad like him. Who could we get M’Vila we could of got in free with Moyes he is good player by no Rice. Younger ones Rodri, Ndidi, Partery all £50m plus easy. He is our spine our the key cog in our team. Imagine Obaing trying to do what he did all season…..
    In hindsight not taking the £30-35m for Arnie was a mistake bc then wed have £60m plus which isn’t bad plus few sales for £20-30m hit £80-90m
    For CFx2 a CB RB/LB & Box to box CM. Don’t need any wingers IMO at least not a priority.
    Arnie was great but wants big money & he hasnt done anything in 2019. So we could of def done without him. Can’t see China offering that much again bc their 100% tax.
    Then we need a wage structure. All this issue on giving Rice £30k which understand bc Ox but diff players but we bring in Yarmo with injury history on £100k out Sanchez £70k 33yo out. Wilshere £100k just came back doesn’t look like will be box to box CM we need.
    Why Shelvey should be a no go. I like the Keram Demirbay tho was injured earlier at 25 is a #8 does the work creates. £22m isn’t bad.
    MP said ‘Youth & Pace’ we need to go back to that & can understand maybe one 28-29yo like Rondon for 2nd CF or a good CB on cheap but no 4-5 year deals like we gave Arnie & Yarmo. I like Yarmo tho he basically has one move at 30 with 3 years left on £100k & a 1yr option. That’s a lot of money.
    Hopefully Husillos finds some gems they are out there & rather a player not well known who is hungry to prove himself in top league then big old names with high wages. Bet everyone is glad we didn’t get Pastore done nothing for Roma on £170k.
    If David’s are fans if I was a Billionaire giving £10m a piece extra if own money to help the club I love & own would be a no brainer. Making it £50m
    Ramble over just back MP enough they we don’t have to sell our best players bc Rice will probably go in 2-4years but he will be worth more then then now anyway.

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