If there’s one area of the pitch West Ham needs improving on over the summer, it’s the full-back position.
As Premier League safety was confirmed for another season, Manuel Pellegrini is turning his attention to the summer and players who can be brought in to improve a West Ham side that wants to challenge for Europe in the Premier League, and quality defenders seem to be on the agenda.
According to football.london, West Ham are interested in Olympiakos left-back Leonardo Koutris, who has broken through at the Greek side this season and asserted himself as one of the best fullbacks in the country, assisting three as the Athens-based side look set to finish second in the Greek Super League.
Valued at £10 million by Olympiakos, Koutris could be a coup for West Ham who have limited funds this summer to spend, so what would the potential consequences be of the Hammers signing the Greek international?
Husillos makes much-needed signing
With West Ham in desperate need of a new starting left-back, the arrival of Koutris would be a breath of fresh air for the club and a big weight lifted from Pellegrini’s shoulders, as well as a good deal from the director of football, Mario Husillos.
As well as filling out a position that West Ham have needed to improve on for some time, a deal of £10 million is a bargain in this era of football, and Koutris is more than taking up the mantle of starting in the Premier League after an impressive season in Greece.
Cresswell heads for the exit
Koutris’ arrival will bring an end to the long search for a new left-back, but for Aaron Cresswell, it could spell the end of his time in east London with competition for the starting XI heating up.
The 29-year-old full-back has been a good servant for West Ham since joining from Ipswich Town in 2014, making 179 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers and holding down the left-back spot for years, but age and back luck with injuries gave seen Cresswell fall out of favour at the club.
A move away from West Ham would be the best move for Cresswell, who won’t be short of suitors should he decide to leave east London.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience