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West Ham need a big summer spend

By CandH follower Colin Ranger

Even the most diehard Hammers fans would have struggled to envisage the season West Ham have had with Champions League qualification still a possibility this late in the season.

The final few rounds of the domestic season will shape the summer ahead in terms of transfer business. Nevertheless, there are a set of targets the West Ham recruitment team should be taking a close look at, no matter what happens.

Illan Meslier

Lukasz Fabianski has been a fantastic servant since joining West Ham from relegated Swansea back in 2018. However, the Polish international turns 36 before the season is out and West Ham will want a long-term option sooner rather than later.

Twenty year-old Illan Meslier has had a top-class first campaign with Leeds and would certainly represent a long-term option. The Frenchman has displayed maturity beyond his years and has proven to be one of the league’s most impressive shot-stoppers. He won’t come cheap, but his acquisition would be a long-term investment and the football betting odds for this move to get over the line would be incredibly short.

Lukasz Skorupski (above)

Another goalkeeper West Ham are likely paying close attention to is Lukasz Skorupski. At 29, he’s a fair bit older than Meslier but that shouldn’t put off the recruitment team. Skorupski is by no means old for a keeper and has plenty of experience in a top European league.

The Polish goalkeeper is likely to be far more affordable than Meslier and is a solid alternative should that pursuit be unsuccessful. 

Jesse Lingard

Another on-loan star that West Ham will surely pursue is Lingard. The forgotten man at Manchester United has got off to a flyer with his new club, displaying the same form that earned him a spot in England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

Lingard was offered a new deal at Old Trafford last summer, but it is suspected that this was purely to retain sell-on value for when a club, possibly West Ham, decide that they want his signature on a permanent contract. The Red Devils reportedly want £20m for the 28-year-old, a fee that will likely see David Moyes giving the green light to.

Sasa Kalajdzic

Sebastien Haller ended his 18-month stay in London when he left for Ajax in January. West Ham chose not to replace the forward, relying on Michail Antonio for goals until the end of the season. The former Reading and Sheffield United attacker has repaid the faith placed in him, but on the wrong side of 30 and with scant few alternatives in the squad, a striker is needed in the summer.

One option to fill the Haller-shaped hole is Sasa Kalajdzic. The 23-year-old Serb has netted 12 goals in the Bundesliga for Stuttgart this season. He is incredibly strong in their thanks to his 2m frame and has a strong eye for goal.

Ivan Toney

Another potential option upfront is the current top goalscorer in the Championship, Ivan Toney. There are a whole host of Premier League sides monitoring the Brentford striker after a superb first half of the campaign.

The uncapped 24-year-old Englishman has hit 25 goals at the time of writing. Should Brentford finally secure promotion, Toney’s asking price is sure to rise, perhaps prohibitively so. For now, this is one to monitor.

Tammy Abraham

Perhaps the most ambitious of the trio of strikers listed would be the acquisition of Tammy Abraham. The Chelsea academy product had a very promising breakthrough season with the Blues but has his game time managed more this campaign. Rumours of interest in Erling Haaland could lead to a move for Abraham who has reportedly delayed the signing of a contract extension.

The Blues would be reluctant to see the promising 23-year-old depart, and his fee would likely reflect that. Nevertheless, West Ham may well be a Champions League club by the time the prospective approach is to be made, a fact that could sway Abraham. If the Hammers are prepared to stump up a premium fee, Abraham could potentially head to East London.

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4 comments on “West Ham need a big summer spend

  1. Mildly interesting Colin. It doesn’t always follow that spending big will bring success. Everyone can spend big in the summer. All will expect to win the Premier League or at least top 4. That leaves 19 teams or 16 teams very dissatisfied at the end of the season. They might try spending big again. Same results though. Clubs will become unviable. Winding up of clubs will become commonplace. Only ‘Americans’ with huge financial backing in the way of loans will be able to ‘own’ clubs. They will need to protect their income and maximise their potential. If anyone thought ESL was a bad idea, brace themselves. We will have the Premier Super League played amongst the 6 teams that haven’t gone to the wall. Then the PSL will join with a few more across Europe to give us Classicos by the barrowload. Meanwhile the AFC West Hams newly created will aspire to contest at Championship level with no prospect of further promotion.
    It’s not spending big that counts. It’s spending wisely to build a team that can all play together. Wee Davey and the boys are making a good job of doing just that at the moment. Spending big will not be a requirement this summer.
    COYI

  2. It’s not spending big that counts. It’s spending wisely to build a team that can all play together. Wee Davey and the boys are making a good job of doing just that at the moment.

    Never were such great words…. truer. COYI

  3. Taffyhammer, I applaud you!
    Spending for the sake of it is a recipe for disaster.

    I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the appointment of Moyes initially, I couldn’t see how a pragmatic approach would work with expressive players, well Moyes reshaped the squad and playing style during lockdown 1.0, I have been blown away by the transformation,
    now we have a nice blend of expressive entertaining football, underpinned with hard work and defensive cohesion (mostly).
    Our club was famed for producing top quality players, who by and large fitted with the philosophy that Ron Greenwood imparted, with varying degrees of success it continued to flourish until circa 2002.

    We’ve chopped and changed philosophy of styles too often over the past two decades.
    From Redknapp -Roeder- Sir Trev-Pardew-Curbishley-Zola-Grant-Allardyce-Bilic-Moyes-Pellegrini-Moyes. No wonder the Academy found it difficult to provide talent for the first team with players who fitted the mould, because the mould was ever changing!

    Now is the time with this management team to redefine our club, from the juniors up to seniors, developing players who fit our newly established philosophy. If the time comes when a manager is replaced, only appoint someone who will reinforce those core values identified.
    If coupled with real financial stability, perhaps relinquishing further shares to Tripp-Smith as an example, it’s feasible that we could steadily improve our ability to retain our top players in turn demonstrating that the club is not only stable off the pitch but progressive and competitive on it.

  4. We should go all out for the fulham goalkeeper, forget his name now but he’s good.

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