Julen Lopetegui

West Ham Prepares for Summer Rebuild

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West Ham United are bracing for a summer of significant change under their incoming manager Julen Lopetegui.

Here’s a closer look at the player movements expected at the London club, based on updates from club insider ExWHUEmployee on The West Ham Way Podcast.

The appointment of Lopetegui marks a new era for West Ham. A complete overhaul of the recruitment structure is planned, with a focus on integrating promising academy players. Technical Director Tim Steidten will be Lopetegui’s right-hand man in implementing this fresh approach.

Staying Put: Veteran goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has secured a one-year extension. Aaron Cresswell, a leader valued by Lopetegui, is set to remain as a backup defender.

Likely Farewells:
Angelo Ogbonna: Age seems to have caught up with the defender, and his time at West Ham might be over.
Nayef Aguerd: The club is open to letting him leave if he desires a move.
Ben Johnson: With several clubs interested, a transfer appears imminent.
Divin Mubuma: Expected to depart after attracting attention from other teams. West Ham will benefit from compensation due to his age.

Academy Graduates on the Move

Luizao: A return to his native South America is the most likely path for the young defender.
Calum Marshall: Another loan spell is expected to aid his development.
Dan Potts: The possibility of a loan move to a Championship club is being considered.

West Ham’s squad is undergoing a transformation. Experienced players like Fabianski offer stability, while others like Ogbonna might be nearing the end of their West Ham journey. The focus on promoting academy talent suggests a long-term vision under Lopetegui and Steidten. With the transfer window approaching, expect more news as West Ham shapes its squad for the upcoming season.

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  • Tom Read says:

    Dan Potts plays for Luton. His brother Freddie might get a loan move from West Ham

  • Jeeps says:

    Outgoing list short of a few defence names.
    Additionally Zoom(a), aka lead boots / Aguerd / Cresswell / Keher look to be going or already gone.
    Possibly Coufal who is unhappy with contract talks.
    That just leaves Mavropanos and Emerson.
    Need l/bk, r/b, x2 c/b plus reinforcement for subs bench.
    Other positions: established striker / replacement for Phillips / left winger who can play across front line.
    Just one other thing A MAGIC WAND.

  • Tommy says:

    How will creswell and flapianski offer stability we should be getting a new backup keeper and I love creswell but time has caught up to him as well and he is targeted by the opposition because he’s not good enough we need to upgrade in those positions as well as many others like a new striker basically he’s got the same squad as Moyes so it’s bound to flop we need 2 Cb a Lb RB Cm St all upgrade etc next season is a waste of time now because we still won’t have the squad to compete

  • Kip says:

    Sorry but learned absolutely nothing there …need 2 in each position and 3 strikers …like a proper prem squad…you just spoke about Creswell and fab…is thst the outstanding news by our insiders 😂😂😂

    • Jeeps says:

      Completely agree but you need to start somewhere.
      Unfortunately don’t think the pot will run to your suggested requirements.

      • Simon says:

        What’s happening to claret and Hugh, new page layout mean more clicking and adds, mostly rehashed gossip stories. Have you no longer got access to facts? Clearly moving towards a profit making add some, shame ! Seems easier just to follow X employee

  • D.f.butcher says:

    Was hoping for more of an overhaul seems to me that it’s going to be no different , overaged players staying under the excuse of needing stability, we don’t need stability we need football , that’s what I was hoping for something different from moyesball instead I fear more of the same with a different man at the helm , to me the future looks bleak , like mr macawber we will end up waiting for something to turn up?

  • Reallyoldgeezer says:

    I think we are really going to have to wait and see who Steidten and Lopetequi and his team bring in. Depends on the money available of course. Expect the media to fantasise over the summer on the usual 200 “players West ham have been talking to”. We also need some of our players getting back to how they used to play, before Moyes changed them into his way of playing. I think we will have ambition from the top down to have a well balanced team able to adjust to who they play against. Likewise the ability to put other teams under pressure right from the off, not when we’re 2 down with 5 minutes to go. That’s my hope anyway. I’m really optimistic at the moment, unless, of course, we lose 3 pre season friendlies to a load of lower division also rans and euro third raters. And forget the talk sport pundits, I think 6th is where we will finish next season. Why do I think this? Because at this moment in time no-one else really has the faintest idea either so my hat might as well be in the ring too.

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