West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the remainder of the summer transfer window following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager.
The Chilean replaces David Moyes in the London Stadium hotseat following the Scot’s departure at the expiration of his contract last month, this all after leading the Hammers to 13th place in the Premier League. However, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his deal to remain as manager, and instead have shown genuine ambition by luring former Manchester City boss Pellegrini back to the English top-flight.
As such, there are many excited Hammers fans in the Tavern at present, and they are likely to be further intrigued by recent reports suggesting that a deal for Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks is close to completion.
And with the right back’s arrival seemingly imminent, the East London club must now follow that deal up with one for his Cottagers teammate Tom Cairney, who is valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt.
Ultimately, the Scotland international played as big a part as any in helping Slavisa Jokanovic’s side return to the Premier League this season, with it Cairney who scored the winning goal in their 1-0 success over Aston Villa in the play-off final last weekend.
That took the 27-year-old’s goal tally to six for the campaign, and with five assists to his name as well, the attacker once again proved to be one of the most influential stars outside of the Premier League throughout the campaign.
And adding to his 13 goals and 11 assists for Fulham last time round in their run to the semi-finals of the play-offs, it’s just a matter of time before the Scottish star produces his best in the top-flight.
And West Ham must be the team for whom he produces his best.
Ultimately, with the futures of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini somewhat uncertain heading into the close season, new boss Pellegrini faces the prospect of losing two of his most important attacking players this summer, two players that will certainly need replacing.
But even if both were to remain at the London Stadium, further attacking options would be needed to help take West Ham to the next level – Cairney’s arrival would bolster those ranks.
Be it as a central midfielder, a more attack-minded one, or even down the right hand side, the 27-year-old has proven his worth at the top of the Championship in the last few seasons to suggest that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League – there’s a reason several top-flight sides have been linked with him in recent times.
As such, with a deal for Fredericks reportedly close, the Hammers must follow that up with one for his Premier League-bound Fulham teammate Cairney.
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