The West Ham United fans have been feeling positive in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend which took them 6 points clear of the relegation zone with 6 fixtures left to play.
David Moyes’ players have restored confidence, harmony and optimism into West Ham United in the past fortnight following a pair of positive results against Southampton and Chelsea. Their victory over the Saints combined with their valuable point against the Blues has given the club some valuable breathing space at the bottom of the table and, as such, the resident Hammers faithful propping up our bar are almost certain they will survive this season.
The quality within West Ham’s squad suggests that they will manage to reach the magic 40-point mark in the final weeks of the season, but the club will need to learn their lesson from their shortcomings in the current campaign and make plenty of improvements to their squad in the summer. One area which Moyes will certainly need to target is in attacking midfield positions, as Marko Arnautovic has almost single-handedly provided the clubs attacking spark this season.
With that in mind, West Ham should consider making a move for Tottenham’s Erik Lamela (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer, as recent reports suggest he could become available. According to The Daily Telegraph, Spurs are interested in signing Manchester United’s French talent Anthony Martial in the summer window – a transfer which could leave Lamela surplus to requirements in North-London.
Pochettino’s options in attacking midfield positions are already extremely healthy, as the likes of Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and Lamela are all in competition for a place in his starting eleven. Adding Martial into the mix will simply intensify the competition and force Pochettino to offload one of the aforementioned players.
Lamela could become a victim of Marital’s arrival, and if he does indeed become available for transfer then West Ham should do everything they can to sign him. Landing the Argentine international would provide the Hammers with a hard-working and creative outlet in the final-third who would add a fresh dynamic to their attacking threat.
It’s unlikely that Tottenham would be overly delighted at the prospect of selling to a London-rival, but by the same token Lamela will be far from content with a bit-part role at the club, so West Ham should closely monitor his situation for the remainder of the season and make a bid for his services if Martial makes a sensational switch from United to Spurs at the end of the season.
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