The season has been a tough one to digest for the West Ham United in the Transfer Tavern, but they are hoping their side will steer clear from the relegation zone in the weeks to come.
The quality of West Ham’s squad suggests they will surely avoid being dragged into a scrap for survival towards the business end of the season even considering the absence of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini. The aforementioned pairing have been by far the most influential and creative attacking threats in claret and blue this season, and David Moyes’ lack of back-up options for his dynamic duo has proven detrimental to the quality of his side’s performance of late.
However, West Ham could be set to add another quality attacking-midfield talent to their ranks in the summer, providing they remain in the English top-flight of course. According to The Sun, West Ham are interested in signing Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts next summer when his loan deal at Celtic expires, although they face competition from Claude Puel’s Leicester City for his signature.
Since moving to Scotland, Roberts has impressed The Hoops faithful with his elusive ability to drift in from the right-hand side of the pitch and hurt his opponents through a combination of dazzling dribbling and incisive through balls.
The 21-year-old already has 18 assists and 24 assists from 72 Celtic appearances since he first moved on loan in February of 2016. However, his development has been temporarily put on hold this season due to injuries which have limited him to only 12 appearances in all-competitions.
West Ham should not be deterred from making a bid on that basis, as his performances prior to his injury strongly suggested that the English midfielder can add plenty of flair and guile to their midfield. The hierarchy at West Ham also need to consider the future of Manuel Lanzini, who will surely leave the club next summer if they fail to prove their ambition with new signings.
Roberts (valued at £6.75 million by Transfermarkt) would not represent a marquee acquisition for the club, but he would certainly prove to both Lanzini and the supporters that they are willing to invest in the future of the club, so they must fend off competition from Leicester for his signature and bring him to the London Stadium next summer.