According to a recent report from Sky Sports, West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate could well be on his way out of the club this summer. The 28-year-old has been at the East London outfit for the last four years and in that time has played 114 times for the Hammers, although it looks like his time could be up given reported interest in his services from Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
And were the Eagles to meet the reported £10 million valuation for the Senegal international, it would represent outstanding business by the West Ham hierarchy, to thus add to what has already been an excellent summer for the club.
Ultimately, the appointment of former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was met with huge amounts of optimism from Hammers fans, which has since become even greater given the additions of the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, and Andriy Yarmolenko.
Those three alone represent brilliant business by the West Ham board let alone the signings of Ryan Fredericks on a free and Lukasz Fabianski for £7 million, and if they are to receive £10 million for Kouyate this summer, that would also fall into that category.
Generally, while the 28-year-old started reasonably well at the club upon arrival in 2014, the Senegalese star simply hasn’t produced the goods often enough and as such hasn’t solved the key problem the Hammers have in the middle of the park.
Last season in particular saw Kouyate struggle with form and as such ultimately fail to provide the front players with the platform in the heart of the midfield from which to go on and attack – arguably, the only reason he appeared 33 times in the Premier League was as a result of a lack of genuine alternatives.
Yes, the 28-year-old deserves credit for performing reasonably well as part of a back three over the last few seasons, but on the whole it wouldn’t be too much of a blow to the Hammers were they to lose the midfielder this summer.
And were they to receive £10 million from Palace for his services, it would represent an outstanding piece of business by the East London outfit.
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