West Ham are braced for a massive summer transfer window this year, and rumours are already circulating as to who the Hammers can snap up.
From Maxi Gomez to Callum Wilson, Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos are preparing for a big window to push the club from mid-table normality to shaking up the top-six dominance in the Premier League.
One position the club are eager to improve this summer is right-back. With Pablo Zabaleta well into the twilight years of his career and Ryan Fredericks not cutting the grade at the club, finding a new starting fullback is on top of West Ham’s shopping list, and Liverpool man Nathaniel Clyne, who is valued at £13.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has been linked with a move to east London.
According to Goal, West Ham are interested in the defender, who is on-loan at Bournemouth, and that Liverpool will be willing to sell the England international for a fee of around £15 million.
With Clyne being a Premier League quality defender for the good part of seven years, the 28-year-old right-back would be a great option for West Ham this summer to pick up for a reasonable price, but his signing won’t solve everything for the Hammers.
An experienced defender who has hundreds of Premier League games under his belt is exactly what West Ham need for the next two or three seasons, a solid option who will provide the club consecutive performances and improvement at right-back, but in terms of the long-term effects, Clyne isn’t the answer.
As well as going in for Clyne, West Ham have to be actively looking for that right-back who can develop at the club and play as an understudy to the Liverpool man, as well as learn from players like Zabaleta if the Argentine decides to stay at the club.
Clyne would be a great summer signing for West Ham, but in the long-term, the club should be scouting and identifying that player who can hold down the position for years to come.
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