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Landing this £13.5m-rated star would thrust West Ham into European contention next term

West Ham supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side’s 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday, although many are indeed looking forward to their clash with Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.

David Moyes’ men conceded three goals in the last eight minutes to succumb to a 15th league defeat of the campaign at the Emirates Stadium last time out, thus leaving the East London outfit just six points clear of the bottom three with only four games remaining. And while that is still a healthy advantage, several of our resident Hammers fans aren’t expecting a great deal from their meeting with Pep Guardiola’s City on Sunday, what with the Citizens having won 29 of their 34 games this term, losing just twice.

Consequently, those West Ham fans lining up at the bar are very much hoping that their team can get something from Sunday’s encounter with City at the London Stadium, as doing so could see them take a giant step closer to Premier League safety.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans.

And while the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) looks set to go down with the Baggies this term, his ability is undoubted, and his arrival at West Ham this summer could well see the Hammers mount a European push next season.

Ultimately, it has been a struggle for the East London club this season, what with Slaven Bilic sacked back in November after an underwhelming start to the campaign, before Moyes took over and somewhat steadied the ship, albeit things still aren’t all in order.

And much of their difficulties can be pinned down to their horrendous defensive record, with the Hammers having conceded 63 goals in their 34 Premier League games this season – only second-bottom and Championship-bound Stoke City (65) have shipped more.

But such is the tight nature of the division – Moyes’ side are just six points adrift of tenth place Newcastle United – tightening up defensively would surely propel the Hammers up the league next term, and perhaps in and around the European places.

And Evans’ arrival would certainly bolster those ranks.

Yes, the 30-year-old has been part of a West Brom team that will likely be relegated this weekend, but he has consistently been a rare bright spark in a desperately woeful campaign at the Hawthorns this season – after all, both Arsenal and Manchester City were linked with the centre back just a matter of months ago.

And with an ability on the ball, hence the aforementioned duo were interested, as well as being able to go toe-to-toe with some of the strongest and best forwards in the division, there’s little doubt that Evans would improve many a Premier League club, not least a West Ham side seriously struggling defensively.

And with James Collins’ contract up in the summer, and Jose Fonte having left during the winter window, Moyes will surely be looking to bolster his backline, and as such should look no further than Evans – for £3 million, it’s an absolute bargain.

In fact, Evans’ arrival in the heart of their back four could thrust the Hammers into European contention next season.

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

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