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West Ham’s interest in Brest’s Bradley Locko is a double-edged sword.

There’s no denying Locko’s talent. His contribution to Brest’s success and his Champions League qualification are impressive feats. At 22, he has immense potential, and West Ham could be getting a future star at a good age.

But £25 million is a hefty sum for an unproven player in the Premier League. West Ham might be overpaying for potential, especially considering their financial constraints. This investment could limit their ability to address other needs.

Adapting to the Premier League is notoriously difficult. Locko’s lack of experience in England’s top flight is a significant risk. He might struggle to perform at the same level as he did in France.

Chelsea and Newcastle, with their seemingly bottomless pockets, are formidable competitors. West Ham might simply be outbid, which perhaps is no bad thing.

The Irons have equally pressing needs in other positions and focusing on proven Premier League players in those areas could be a safer bet in the short term.

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  • ResultsMatter says:

    Simon, your argument about foreign players not having Premier League experience does no hold any water. Over 65% of players in the league are foreigners. Most of them arrived with no Premier League experience (the exception being foreigners who came as children and grew up here). Those players then either succeeded or failed, mostly due to their quality and then partly to how much help they got from their clubs to adapt to a new culture. Some got a lot of help and others got little (English lessons, a buddy system, etc.).

    If we used your argument, then few players from Africa and South America would ever move to Italy, France, Germany, Spain, etc.

    Every purchase is a risk. Like getting married. You never know if what you see is what you are going to get….. 😉

  • Conrad wilcox says:

    Surely same thought on Kudas last year then and he cost more

  • Kevlar says:

    We have needed young energetic wing backs that can get up and down the pitch and are good crossers of the ball.Our current fullbacks are average at best and are good back ups! We need a complete new defense excluding Areola who is class!

  • Terence Furniss says:

    Wes is a great keeper and if some of our players had been half as good and consistant we could have escaped relegation

    blade for 75 years

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