West Ham United will need to bring a playmaker to the side in the summer if they are to maintain their challenge of finishing as the ‘best of the rest’ in the Premier League and potentially make a return to European competition.
Manuel Pellegrini has made some excellent additions during his short time at the London Stadium and it appears he is looking to try and bring an experienced international back to the Premier League and provide the Hammers with an extra attacking dimension.
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According to a report by Aksam (via Sport Witness), West Ham have already made an offer for Shinji Kagawa and are expected to make another at the end of the season.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is currently impressing on loan at Besiktas, who are keen to turn his deal into a permanent one, however, there are suggestions that the interest West Ham (and Everton) would make it too difficult for them to happen.
It would seem, going by the report, that West Ham have already been knocked back once before for Kagawa, however, that does not appear to have scared them off in their pursuit for the experienced international.
The Japanese midfielder seems to be deemed surplus to requirements at Dortmund after a rather terrible spell, however, his performances in Turkey suggest he could still be a player that has something to offer at the London Stadium.
With an improved offer in the summer, it would not be a surprise to see the playmaker back in England.
The 30-year-old has proven in the past that he is incredibly gifted when it comes to his creativity and vision with the ball, which is something Pellegrini’s side have seriously lacked at times throughout the current campaign.
He has the ability to play a killer-ball that can split some of the top defences, whilst he still has the desire to make bursting runs into the opposition penalty box and get on the end of crosses, which can catch his defender off guard.
There will be obvious doubts about whether he can play in the Premier League after a less-than-convincing spell at Manchester United, however, that may work to West Ham’s favour as Kagawa may feel that he has a point to prove.
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