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Forget Bettinelli: West Ham should seek to land his £13.5m-rated Fulham teammate instead

West Ham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team take a huge step towards Premier League safety courtesy of a routine 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday.

David Moyes’ men were in freefall prior to their clash against the Saints having lost four of their previous five league matches, a run which saw them slip to 17th in the division ahead of Saturday’s encounter. Yet the Hammers produced a fine performance to move five points clear of danger as a brace from Marko Arnautovic alongside a Joao Mario strike secured all three points for the East London outfit, in turn moving them up to 14th place in the division with just seven games of the campaign remaining.

Consequently, there have been many thrilled West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that Saturday’s win can kick-start a run of form which pulls them clear of the relegation zone for good.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

And while there is little doubting that the 25-year-old would be a useful addition at the London Stadium, the East London club should forget about Bettinelli and instead focus their efforts on landing his £13.5 million-rated teammate Tom Cairney (as per Transfermarkt) instead.

Ultimately, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic few years at Craven Cottage since his move from Blackburn Rovers back in 2015, with the Scotland international scoring 25 goals and laying on 23 assists in 121 appearances for the Cottagers.

And 13 goals and 11 assists of those came in their run to the Championship play-off semi-finals last term, and while he hasn’t quite hit those heights this time round with four goals and five assists in the league, that is still a decent return given he missed a chunk of the campaign with a knee injury.

Clearly, Cairney is a supremely talented attacker and one who seems destined for the Premier League, to the point whereby both West Ham and indeed Newcastle have been linked with the 27-year-old in the last 12 months.

And at the age of 27, the Scottish star is very much entering or indeed in his peak years at present, and in a West Ham team eyeing the next level next season, and facing the prospect of possibly losing Manuel Lanzini this summer amid speculation, he could be the perfect signing for Moyes’ side.

As such, the Hammers should forget about a move for goalkeeper Bettinelli, and instead do all they can to lure Cairney across the capital this summer.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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