West Ham couldn’t find a way past Hugo Lloris meaning they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at the weekend.
The Hammers fell behind on the stroke of half-time with Erik Lamela converting from Moussa Sissoko’s cross. Manuel Pellegrini’s side piled on the pressure, but the France captain was in fine form to deny them. West Ham’s attackers were unable to find the equaliser meaning the club slumped to a second consecutive defeat in the league.
As well as losing the game, Pellegrini also lost summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko to injury. The Ukraine international, who joined from Borussia Dortmund for around £20m, left the field after just 40 minutes. Scans later revealed he had suffered an Achilles tear meaning he could miss six months of action.
To replace him, West Ham should consider a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger – Marlos. Valued at £9.9m by Transfermarkt, the 30-year-old has been a key player for the Ukrainian champions since joining the club in 2014. Marlos racked up an impressive record last season, hitting 22 goals and registering 16 assists in all competitions and has already found the back of the net six times in the current campaign.
Despite his importance to the first-team, Marlos has less than one year remaining on his contract and could be tempted to move to England. With bags of pace and trickery, the Brazilian would be an excellent short-term replacement for Yarmolenko. The winger has an eye for goal which could be crucial to improving West Ham’s fortunes.
Losing Yarmolenko definitely hurts but landing Marlos would definitely soften the blow.
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