West Ham fans are over the moon with their transfer business with Manuel Pellegrini adding five new signings already this summer.
The Chilean kickstarted his tenure at the club by landing Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer from Fulham and signed Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea following their relegation. The Hammers also sealed a deal for Jack Wilshere after he left Arsenal. The 64-year-old also splashed £40m to bring Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko to the London Stadium.
The former Manchester City boss is not finished yet and wants to strengthen his defence in the transfer window further. Landing a centre-back partner for Diop will propel the Hammers into European contention and make them a force to be reckoned with next season. Despite their bid being rejected, West Ham are expected to make another move for Newcastle captain – Jamaal Lascelles.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Lascelles enjoyed a terrific season for the Magpies, making 33 appearances, scoring three goals. The 24-year-old is a natural leader that would add some much-needed stability to the Hammers backline. His arrival would also help Diop make the transition to life in England.
Lascelles is a natural leader and a no-nonsense defender. Only James Collins averaged more clearances than the Englishman last season (WhoScored). Naturally, Rafael Benitez does not want to lose his star player but may be forced into a sale if Mike Ashley decides to cash in.
Newcastle’s loss can be West Ham’s gain.
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