Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that West Ham United should consider signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama in the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old has been at Spurs since arriving from Southampton in 2016, but he has rarely featured so far this season.
Should West Ham raid their rivals for Victor Wanyama?
Indeed, he has played just four times in all competitions and only two of those have been in the Premier League. In total, he has managed just 24 minutes of game time in the league and hasn’t been in the squad since September (Transfermarkt).
It is thought that Tottenham could be open to letting the Kenyan international move on next month, with The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 63 via HITC) reporting that Hertha Berlin are interested in him.
Robinson believes that he would be ideal for the Hammers, however, and when asked if West Ham should try to sign the ex-Celtic midfielder in January, he told Football Insider: “If that’s the type of player they’re looking at, he fits the bill.
“You know what you’re going to get from Declan Rice and Mark Noble, but there isn’t a lot of cover for them.
“If you take either of them out, it’s like removing the heart and soul of the team as they put them on the front foot.
“Wanyama is a similar type of player as he has a great engine so would fit the bill.”
Robinson is certainly right when he says that West Ham lack cover for midfielders Mark Noble and Declan Rice. Jack Wilshere is currently out injured and Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t seem to trust Carlos Sanchez, who has played just 51 minutes of Premier League football this term (Transfermarkt).
Wanyama would add cover and competition in this area of the pitch and could be an astute signing if the Hammers bring him in.
At just 28-years-old he still has plenty of time left in his career and he is a vastly experienced Premier League operator having made 154 appearances in the English top flight (premierleague.com).
He would add energy to the midfield, as alluded to by Robinson, and would surely be a better option for Pellegrini than the out-of-favour Sanchez or the injury-prone Wilshere.
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