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Guardado the ideal midfield upgrade to cap off West Ham’s summer window

Guardado the ideal midfield upgrade to cap off West Ham’s summer window

West Ham have been one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

The Hammers have wasted no time in revamping their squad following David Moyes’ departure. The Scot was replaced by former Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean has splashed over £80m to bring Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks to the club.

Despite their excellent business so far, West Ham fans still want the club to sign a combative midfielder to replace Cheikou Kouyate. The Senegal international failed to impress during Moyes’ spell last season. He will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

To replace him, West Ham should look to Real Betis star – Andres Guardado. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Mexican returned to La Liga last summer from PSV Eindhoven. He was a key player for Betis during the campaign, scoring two goals and registering eight assists for his team-mates. He then captained Mexico during the 2018 World Cup and helped his side progress to the round of 16.

The 31-year-old still has plenty to give and could be a huge success in the Premier League. An excellent tackler – averaging 1.4 tackles per game last year (WhoScored) – he would work extremely well in a two-man midfield alongside Wilshere.

Betis paid just £2m to sign him last summer and may be willing to lose their prized asset if the price is right. West Ham should make Guardado their final signing of the summer.

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