West Ham’s transfer spending shows no signs of slowing down this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in improving his West Ham squad after replacing David Moyes in the dugout. The Chilean has already completed permanent deals for five players at a transfer outlay of over £40m. Business is not finished yet with Lazio winger, Felipe Anderson, expected to seal a big-money move in the coming days.
To fund their transfer spends, the Hammers will allow a number of players to leave including Senegalese midfielder – Cheikhou Kouyate. After an inconsistent season at the London Stadium, he will be allowed to depart the club for around £10m according to reports.
Kouyate was a mainstay in the midfield and will need to be replaced. Therefore, Pellegrini must continue his impressive signings and launch a bid for Watford midfielder – Abdoulaye Doucoure. Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman was excellent in the Premier League season and has attracted plenty of interest with Everton having a bid rejected.
The 25-year-old scored seven goals and notched three assists from midfield last year, making him the perfect partner for new signing Jack Wilshere in the engine room. Averaging 2.1 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game, Doucoure will add some much-needed steel to the West Ham midfield.
Prising him from Watford will not be easy, but it would definitely be worth it.
West Ham fans, thoughts?