West Ham United are arguably a playmaker (and a striker) short of making a real charge for European football.
Pushing for a place in the Europa League next year should not be too far from the minds of those at the London Stadium, but additions must be made to the side.
Manuel Lanzini may have come back into the fold after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, however, Manuel Pellegrini could certainly do with adding some creativity to his current squad if they are to take things up another level.
The Hammers started to find their feet with the way the Chilean likes to play and would have to be considered extremely dangerous next season if they were to continue with the type of performances that were far and few between at times.
And, if Mario Husillos can tempt one of his former playmakers to join him in east London, West Ham could have an excellent chance of securing a place in European competition.
According to a report by Greek radio station Sport24, the Hammers are understood to have made an offer of €10million (£8.8m) for Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis this summer.
The 26-year-old currently has one year left on his contract and the Athens-based outfit are keen to extend the deal, however, Husillos is eager to bring him to the Premier League after working together in Greece.
Fortounis has been deadly with the ball in the final third of the pitch this season and it is no surprise the Irons have taken note.
This season, the Greece international provided Olympiakos with 17 goals and 16 assists in his 43 matches across all competitions (Transfermarkt); figures that will impress anybody! That kind of return would certainly be welcomed at the London Stadium and could work wonders as it may help them to move up the top-flight ladder.
Lanzini is good, but adding the 26-year-old into the mix would surely be something the Hammers have to do! The South American could be handed some much-needed competition for his place in the side and could then spur him on to become even better than he is for the Claret and Blue outfit.
If Husillos can convince Fortounis to join him at West Ham; an £8.8m transfer fee would have to be considered a steal!
West Ham fans, do you think Fortounis would be able to light up the London Stadium as he has with Olympiakos? Let us know below!
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