Inconsistency is a serious issue for Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham United this season. They appear to go from impressive to shambolic in the space of one match.
Creativity in the middle of the field has been a real problem for the Hammers throughout the campaign and it appears the Chilean manager could be about to try and address it in the summer.
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According to a report by Takvim (via Sport Witness), West Ham are understood to be interested in Shinji Kagawa.
The Japan international has been impressive for Besiktas since arriving in January from Borussia Dortmund on loan, having hit three goals in his six appearances for the Black Eagles.
However, the Turkish outfit want to turn that temporary switch into a permanent deal, whilst Everton, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen are also thought to be interested in the former Manchester United misfit.
Kagawa could be an excellent addition for West Ham as he could be the man to solve their creativity issues in the middle of the pitch. It has been clearly evident that the Hammers have been lacking a killer-ball at times, which was shown once again in the defeat to Everton at the weekend.
The Japan international can be a real threat going forward, as he has the ability to link up with the forward line, whilst he can make extremely quick runs into the penalty area that can catch defenders off-guard at times.
He is quicker than the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble when it comes to passing the ball, which could be exactly what Pellegrini needs at the London Stadium next season and help them reach the next level.
However, there will be concerns as to whether Kagawa can play in the Premier League, with his spell at Manchester United having been rather disappointing. He was far from the finished product, however, many had expected great things from him when he arrived at Old Trafford and really failed to impress with his performances.
Age is an obvious factor, considering that he is 30-years-old, whilst his problems with injuries over the recent years will also have to raise questions. But, if he is able to produce what he has been able to do so with the Istanbul giants, then he could prove to be an excellent addition in the summer.
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