This summer, West Ham’s recruitment drive has largely focused on improving the team’s attack.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has seen both Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko come in for big money while, according to the Guardian, the former Manchester City boss is hoping to see Bernard arrive at the London Stadium before the transfer window closes.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports reports West Ham are interested in signing Porto’s Yacine Brahimi, further indicating the club’s desire to strengthen its forward line even further.
While the additions of Anderson, Yarmolenko and possibly either one of Bernard or Brahimi are likely to have West Ham supporters excited, Pellegrini will be wary of the risks that come with having all of these flair players in the team.
Furthermore, especially now that Cheikhou Kouyate has left the club for Crystal Palace, the Chilean will be keen to bring in a midfielder who can provide his side with some balance.
And one player Pellegrini should be looking at ahead of deadline day is Southampton’s Oriol Romeu.
Romeu, who is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, would complement the likes of Anderson and Yarmolenko in the team nicely.
Since joining Southampton from Chelsea back in 2015, Romeu has become one of the most consistent defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
The Barcelona youth product’s tough tackling in the middle of the park and ability to stop counter-attacks is exactly what West Ham need.
Romeu’s presence in midfield could really allow for Anderson and co to flourish and, under a coach like Pellegrini, the 26-year-old may reach new heights.
West Ham appear to be actively searching for another attacker but, having already added Anderson and Yarmolenko, their main focus really should be on bringing in a player such as Romeu.