West Ham remain just four points above the relegation zone after a less than impressive start to life under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Hammers opted to replace David Moyes with the former Manchester City manager in the summer and invested heavily in the playing squad to avoid being dragged into another relegation dogfight. Indeed, West Ham’s opening fixtures didn’t make things easier, but Pellegrini’s men have dropped far too many unnecessary points this season. Their 1-0 defeat against Brighton last week was another missed opportunity to climb the table.
Particularly concerning in the defeat was left-back Arthur Masuaku who lost Glenn Murray for the opening and only goal of the game. With Aaron Creswell also struggling, the former Real Madrid manager may be tempted to sign a left-back in January. One man he should consider is Lazio defender – Jordan Lukaku.
Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Belgian is yet to feature for his side this season due to injury but made 30 appearances in the Serie A last season. Reports suggested West Ham were interested in Lukaku as part of the deal that saw Felipe Anderson move the London Stadium but the switch failed to materialise. However, with his current contract expiring next summer, West Ham are free to negotiate with the defender in January and could seek a cut-price deal.
The 24-year-old possesses electrifying pace meaning he would have no trouble in dealing with the quickest of Premier League wingers. Lukaku also has great strength so adapting to the physicality of the Premier League should not be much of an issue.
Potentially available for free or at a great price, this should be a no-brainer for the Hammers.
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