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Pellegrini must move for Wendell to improve West Ham’s left-back options

Pellegrini must move for Wendell to improve West Ham’s left-back options

Despite having already made a host of signings this summer, West Ham’s transfer business may not yet be finished.

The likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere have been brought in, but manager Manuel Pellegrini could still look to sign another midfielder – minimum.

Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro has been linked with a move to the London Stadium (Tuttosport via Sport Witness), but Pellegrini should also consider signing another left-back if West Ham are still interested in doing more work in the transfer market before it shuts next month.

Arthur Masuaku has mostly been played as a left wing-back or left winger under former Hammers managers David Moyes and Slaven Bilic because of his defensive frailties, leaving Aaron Cresswell as the club’s only real option at left-back.

Furthermore, if Pellegrini wishes to recruit a new player for that position, then Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell could be the person to fill it.

Wendell, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, has attracted interest from Everton (via Sky Sports).

However, the Toffees have since turned their attention to Barcelona’s Lucas Digne, as reported by the Daily Mirror, leaving an opportunity for West Ham to march in.

Like most Brazilian full-backs, Wendell loves bombing down the wing and providing his team with an extra option in attack.

For Bayer Leverkusen last season, Wendell scored two goals and assisted a further three in the club’s Bundesliga campaign.

But as well as his offensive qualities, Wendell is still a capable defender, able to use his pace to recover and make important tackles.

Pellegrini and West Ham supporters no doubt will be pleased with the club’s latest acquisitions, and the capture of a left-back such as Wendell would round off some very good business done by the London Stadium hierarchy.

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