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West Ham should launch ambitious raid on Tottenham for Dembele

West Ham should launch ambitious raid on Tottenham for Dembele

West Ham have signed Jack Wilshere to boost their options in the middle of the park, but manager Manuel Pellegrini is still pursuing another midfielder.

Stefano Sturaro (via Gazzetta dello Sport) and Mario Lemina are the two latest names to be linked with the club, and the likely departure of Pedro Obiang (via Sky Sports) will only increase Pellegrini’s desire to bring a fresh face through the door.

Competition for Sturaro, though, is fierce while Southampton will be desperate to keep Lemina at St. Mary’s this summer.

Furthermore, Pellegrini should try and lure Tottenham’s Moussa Dembele to the London Stadium.

Dembele, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, only has a year left on his contract with Tottenham said to be open to a sell (via Daily Mirror).

And the Belgium international would be a shrewd acquisition for West Ham.

While Dembele does not top the goal charts or rack up assists, his presence in midfield can help change the tide of a game.

The former Fulham man can retain possession of the ball like no other, battling off any player that comes into his proximity, while he is also capable of bulldozing his way through the middle of the park before laying off the ball to a more creative team-mate.

At West Ham, Dembele would be the perfect link between midfield and attack, capable of winning possession before feeding the ball to the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

No matter how difficult it may be, Pellegrini should try to sign Dembele this summer.

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