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Pellegrini should gamble on Schneiderlin to improve his West Ham midfield

Pellegrini should gamble on Schneiderlin to improve his West Ham midfield

Most of West Ham’s transfer business looks to be done this summer, although manager Manuel Pellegrini could yet bring in a couple more additions before the new Premier League season kicks off.

And one possible area the former Manchester City boss may try and strengthen is in midfield.

The Hammers have been linked with a move for Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater, but luring the 28-year-old will not be an easy task with other Premier League club’s said to be interested (via Daily Mirror).

Should signing Drinkwater become too much of a difficult task for West Ham, then the east London club should consider taking a gamble on Morgan Schneiderlin instead.

Schneiderlin, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, has fallen out of favour at Everton and could be given the chop by Marco Silva.

The Frenchman’s move from Manchester United back in January 2017 has failed to pay off, while his short tenure at Old Trafford was also a disappointment.

However, at Southampton, Schneiderlin looked like a very classy and tidy midfielder, and Pellegrini could be the man to help him recapture that status again.

The 28-year-old is good at keeping possession, often playing short and safe passes, not afraid to make a tackle and can read the game well to make interceptions when his side are without the ball.

Having signed attacking talent such as Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, Pellegrini will want to ensure his team still has a balance to it, and Schneiderlin could be the man to provide such.

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