West Ham supporters have been somewhat despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team concede three late goals to lose 4-1 at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
David Moyes’ men went into their meeting with the Gunners off the back of a win and two draws in their preceding three league encounters, results which moved them clear of the relegation zone. And they looked set to edge another point closer to safety on Sunday when Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener midway through the second half, only for an Alexandre Lacazette double as well as an Aaron Ramsey strike to seal all three points for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Thus, there have been several downbeat Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can bounce back next weekend, although it won’t be easy given that they host champions Manchester City at the London Stadium on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Everton are interested in a move for out-of-contract Swansea City star Ki Sung-yueng.
West Ham were linked with a move for the £6.3 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) back in January, and the 29-year-old should thus forget about a move to Goodison Park, as East London appears to be the perfect destination for the midfielder.
Ultimately, Sam Allardyce’s Everton are pretty well-stocked in the midfield department, what with Idrissa Gueye one of the best central midfielders in the division outside of the top six, and the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Wayne Rooney, and Tom Davies also hugely adept in the middle of the park.
In fact, the former produced one of his better performances of the season in their 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday night to underline his credentials, and with James McCarthy to come back from injury next season, and Muhamed Besic to possibly return from a loan spell at Middlesbrough, the Toffees aren’t short of impressive central midfielders.
West Ham are though, what with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form this season and Pedro Obiang often on the sidelines due to injury – Mark Noble has arguably been their most consistent performer in the middle of the park, but the Hammers legend maybe isn’t the man to make that telling difference over the course of the season.
And with the amount of attacking quality Moyes has at his disposal, it’s imperative that they bolster the central midfield ranks to provide a platform for the forwards to produce the goods – landing Ki would do just that.
The East London club saw first-hand how brilliantly the 29-year-old can dominate the midfield in Swansea’s 4-1 success over the Hammers last month, and with a few other goals and assists this term, the South Korea international has as much ability on the ball as he has off it.
And if Moyes’ side are seeking to move to the next level in their new stadium in the coming years, they simply have to strengthen their central midfield ranks – the current crop simply aren’t what’s required to make that necessary step.
And with Ki unlikely to command regular football at Goodison Park such are Everton’s options in the midfield area, West Ham seems to be the perfect destination for the 29-year-old at the expiration of his Swansea contract.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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