Additions need to be made to the West Ham United squad this summer if they are to build on a reasonable campaign under Manuel Pellegrini.
If they can replicate last year’s transfer window with some more high-profile signings, the Hammers would certainly be on track to achieving their ambitious aims.
Central midfield could be an area that is looked at over the coming months as a position that could do with strengthening and added depth.
It seems one club are prepared to act on that, but West Ham should look to avoid any temptation they might have to do a deal with them.
According to a report by Sky Sports, Olympique de Marseille have offered Kevin Strootman to the London Stadium outfit, as well as Manchester United and Everton this summer.
It is stated that the Ligue 1 side are keen to cut costs after a poor season by their standards, despite having only signed the experienced Holland international for £23million this time last year from AS Roma and being a mainstay in the side.
However, as mentioned, West Ham should look to avoid striking a loan deal for the 29-year-old.
Although there may be nothing to lose when it comes down to a temporary move, it must be noted that Strootman is no stranger to the medical room and has a record that could leave a certain Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll’s records looking better than his.
A number of injury problems have destroyed his career over the past five years and have really stalled the progress he has been able to make and subsequently becoming a shadow of his former self.
The Hammers have had their fair share of injuries over the past few years and certainly do not need another injury-prone member in their squad.
Also, the fact that Marseille are already prepared to allow him to leave the club just 12 months after a big-money move should have alarm bells ringing.
Pellegrini may have limited options in the middle of the field at the moment and the transfer window will provide him with the perfect opportunity to bolster them, however, with doubts whether Strootman can return to his very best, this is one that West Ham should think about avoiding.
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