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West Ham can afford to miss out on Brahimi after signing Anderson and Yarmolenko

West Ham can afford to miss out on Brahimi after signing Anderson and Yarmolenko

West Ham have strengthened heavily this transfer window with Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere being the standout names.

However, manager Manuel Pellegrini could yet make further additions before the transfer window closes, although a rumoured target from Porto is unlikely to be one of them.

The Breakdown

Portuguese outlet O Jogo (via Inside Futbol) reports West Ham have been trying to sign Yacine Brahimi, but have been turned down by the Algerian winger.

Brahimi, who is valued at £23.4m by Transfermarkt, would have been a terrific acquisition for the Hammers. But looking at how much the Algeria international is likely to cost and what Pellegrini already has at his disposal in attack, it is hardly the end of the world.

Marko Arnautovic spent much of last season playing up front, but Pellegrini could return the Austrian back to the left-hand side, which happens to be Brahimi’s preferred position.

And while Anderson and Yarmolenko both enjoy playing on the right, given how much money was splashed out on the pair, instead of Arnautovic, Pellegrini could also end up pushing either one of the two onto the opposite flank in order to find a way to get both of his new signings into the side.

Furthermore, albeit a good one, Brahimi would be an expensive signing West Ham could live without.

West Ham, of course, have shown this summer that they have no problem spending big. But at this stage of the window, the Hammers are better off shifting their efforts elsewhere with other areas of the squad in need of more attention.

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