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Report: Hammers to join race for Chelsea midfielder

The Daily Mirror claims that Manuel Pellegrini is ready to join the chase for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater with West Ham still keen to reinforce in midfield. The tabloid also repeats the claim that wants to beef up their attack with Porto’s 23-goal marksman Moussa Marega.

Leicester City are said to be leading the chase with a £20m bid with Chelsea are reportedly prepared to let the England international leave even though they will be looking at a loss of up to £15m. The 28-year-old could well return to his former club on a loan deal. It’s not just Leicester who are interested in him, so too are Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton

Drinkwater main position is central midfield which makes him an unlikely for West Ham who is prioritising a defensive midfielder. As reported yesterday Moussa Marega is also unlikely with only ‘a tiny interest’ held in the 27-year-old striker.

Either way, West Ham have spent their primary transfer budget investing around £108m so any incoming additions would need to be funded by outbound sales most likely any combination of Oxford, Hugill,  Byram, Kouyate, Obiang or even perhaps Antonio.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

7 comments on “Report: Hammers to join race for Chelsea midfielder

  1. Very good player would be an upgrade on most of our central midfielders

  2. £20mil…?!?!?!? For Danny Drinkwater?? You are having a laugh?

  3. Interesting. It wasn’t that long ago that Hodgson picked him over Nobes for an England shirt.

  4. He would be a terrible signing, if we sign this guy we could end up with a midfield trio of Noble, Wilshere and Drinkwater i.e. no pace, can’t close down opponents. We are in major trouble and if we sign him I for one will have lost faith in our new manager. A terrible signing lets be creative and go and buy an up and coming talent. FFS we have enough journeymen in the team.

  5. Jeeez Johnham. I think I trust MPs judgement more than yours. Don’t get too depressed. It’s only a rumour in the Mirror.

  6. Dont bite mooro

  7. Noble is better than Drinkwater, and our new manager knows that.

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