According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, West Ham are eyeing up a late summer move for midfielder Carlos Sanchez. The 32-year-old currently plays his football in Italy with Fiorentina and has done so since 2016, although he is probably best known to English football fans for his testing two-year stint at Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016.
Yet Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen on luring the Colombia international back to the Premier League before Thursday’s deadline, a questionable deal which could go some way to ruining the great work carried out by the Chilean at the London Stadium this summer.
Ultimately, the former Manchester City was appointed as David Moyes’ successor to much optimism and excitement among Hammers supporters, and that positivity has continued given the many shrewd additions made by Pellegrini so far this summer.
The likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Lukasz Fabianski have all made the move to East London this summer as the Hammers finally seek to move to the next level in their new stadium – yet there has to be question marks over whether Sanchez can aid in that quest.
Yes, the 32-year-old deserves credit for earning 88 caps for his country, three of which coming at this summer’s World Cup, but his previous spell in English football is unlikely to fill West Ham fans with the same level of confidence plenty of the other signings have this summer.
Sanchez spent two years at Villa Park between 2014 and 2016 and in that time managed 56 appearances for the Villans, 20 of which coming in their woeful relegation campaign of 2015/16 – it doesn’t inspire confidence.
And at the age of 32, the arrival of the midfielder wouldn’t exactly be a nod towards the long term at the London Stadium – in fact, it would be closer to the transfer policy seen in recent years in which the club have signed several players over the age of 30.
Clearly, there is much anticipation among West Ham fans given the excellent business they have conducted so far this summer – Sanchez’s arrival is unlikely to fuel that optimism even further.
In fact, Pellegrini risks going into the season on something of a negative were he to lure the 32-year-old to East London in the final few days of the campaign.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!