West Ham United have embarked on a summer spending spree which should hold them in good stead to push for Europa League football next season, although a recent report from the Daily Telegraph suggests that they would be wise to add one final layer of quality to their defence on a cut-price deal.
One of the standout performers at the World Cup, namely Domagoj Vida, has consistently threatened to bring his horrendous haircut and footballing ability that comes with it to the London Stadium in recent weeks, but talk of such a transfer has fallen quiet in recent days.
Even with the signings of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop to consider, West Ham could benefit from the arrival of one more centre-back this summer, especially if Declan Rice will revert back to a defensive midfield role under Pellegrini.
And with that in mind, West Ham would be wise to make a shock raid on Manchester United for Marcos Rojo, as the Argentine defender is available for £20 million according to the Daily Telegraph.
The report claims that whilst Marco Silva is interested in a reunion with a player whom he worked alongside at Sporting Lisbon, his wage demands could price Everton out of a deal.
Whether or not West Ham have any money left in the bank to match Rojo’s demands remains to be seen, but on the premise that they will have resources to dip into before the window slams shut – particularly if they offload a couple of players – Pellegrini should bring the United outcast to the club.
Although Rojo has been guilty of demonstrating reckless ill-discipline and petulance throughout his career at Old Trafford, there is no disputing that he is a fantastic defender with plenty to offer at the top level.
In many ways, it is the fire in Rojo’s belly which enables him to thrive on the pitch, as his approach ensures that his opposite number will never enjoy anything less than an uncomfortable ride on the field of play.
And his natural technical ability which is typical of left-footed players would provide the Hammers with an ideal player to build attacks from the back, whilst his versatility would give the club an extra option at left-back.
The modern transfer market is a notoriously difficult place to find true value for money, but for just £20 million there’s no doubt that Rojo is available for a fair price and West Ham should not hesitate to capitalise on his availability.
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