West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their team’s first game of 2018 at home to fellow Premier League strugglers West Brom this evening, in a clash which could play a key part in each side’s respective survival hopes.
David Moyes’ Hammers entered the New Year in the bottom three following Bournemouth’s 2-1 victory over Everton on December 30, just days after the Cherries salvaged a point against the East London outfit with a Callum Wilson equaliser in added time. Nonetheless, Moyes’ men have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches and beat both champions Chelsea and Stoke City in that time to suggest that they may well have enough to see off relegation come May, although games against fellow relegation candidates like this evening’s against the Baggies will surely play a key part in their survival chances.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Hammers to get their teeth into, not least a recent report from The Guardian which suggests that the club are willing to sell Andre Ayew this month, although a departure to former side Swansea City appears ‘unlikely’.
The 28-year-old left the Liberty Stadium for the London Stadium back in 2016 and has since gone on to net 12 goals in just 46 games for the Hammers, six of which coming in 20 appearances for the club this term.
However, it’s clear that things haven’t always worked out for the Ghana international in East London, and with just nine Premier League starts so far this time round, his struggles don’t appear to be letting up.
As such, Ayew has been linked with a move away from West Ham in January, although a return to Swansea for the Slaven Bilic flop seems ‘unlikely’ due to wage demands, leaving the 28-year-old’s future far from certain as we continue through the January transfer window.
Landlord’s verdict: Andre Ayew hasn’t quite made the grade at West Ham yet, what with the Ghana international netting just 12 times since he was bought by former manager Slaven Bilic 18 months ago.
And with just nine Premier League appearances so far this season, the 28-year-old clearly isn’t doing enough regularly to convince of his capabilities, to the point that he has been linked with a January move away from the London Stadium, with Swansea City thought to be in the running.
However, reports suggest that wages are making a deal between the two teams ‘unlikely’ this month, thus leaving Ayew’s future in doubt at the start of a potentially busy few weeks at West Ham.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!