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West Ham would top 2017 Arnautovic deal by landing £13.5m-rated WC ace from Chelsea

The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by their club’s progress in the transfer market so far this month, but recent reports suggest they could have the opportunity to secure their signing of the window once the World Cup reaches its conclusion.

The Hammers endured a tough campaign under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes, but they were ultimately able to steer clear of relegation despite being threatened by the prospect for the vast majority of the season. Marko Arnautovic’s commanding displays at the spearhead of their attack played an instrumental role in their survival bid, and it’s fair to say they would have been in deep trouble without the Austrian talisman.

The signing of Arnautovic was undoubtedly West Ham’s best of the summer window in 2017 as Javier Hernandez struggled for goal-scoring form on his return to the Premier League. However, Manuel Pellegrini could be presented with a perfect opportunity to top that particular deal this summer if a recent report from The Guardian is anything to go by.

According to the report, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) has opened up about his future at Chelsea and spoken of his desire to play regular first-team football next season. Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge will undoubtedly influence his decision following his return from the World Cup, but there is no guarantee that his potential replacement will be eager to make the 22-year-old a first-team regular.

On the other hand, West Ham would certainly have a place for him in their first-team, and they must do everything they can to lure him to the London Stadium if he eventually becomes available. The Hammers are lacking both quality and quantity in central midfield so it’s certainly an area which needs improvement this summer.

The arrival of Loftus-Cheek would be a huge boost to everybody involved with the club, as his ability to use his technique and physical presence in possession would single-handedly transform West Ham’s midfield next season. If he continues to impress on international duty with England then his price-tag will inevitably rise, however, with plenty of scope for improvement at 22, he would certainly be worth forking out for.

As West Ham step into a new era it’s imperative that they continue to improve by adopting an ambitious approach to the transfer market, and bringing Loftus-Cheek to the club would certainly represent a significant step forward in their bid to return to European football.

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