West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team comprehensively beaten 4-1 by fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the South Wales outfit off the back of a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool in their preceding league encounter, a result which saw them slip to just three points clear of the bottom three. And while that gap remains the same, Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans now find themselves above the Hammers as goals from Ki Sung-yueng, Mike van der Hoorn, Andy King, and Jordan Ayew secured a routine victory for the Swans, with Michail Antonio’s second half consolation all the travelling West Ham fans had to cheer on a desperately disappointing day at the Liberty Stadium.
Subsequently, there have been many angry Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can bounce back when they host Burnley at the London Stadium next weekend.
Yet many of our resident West Ham fans are beginning to turn their attentions towards the summer, namely to whom their team must look to sign if they are to not only remain in the Premier League next season, but perhaps push on and reach the next level.
And results over the weekend saw Crystal Palace slip into the relegation zone, and as such Moyes’ men must seek to target Eagles centre-back Mamadou Sakho this summer if Roy Hodgson’s side do indeed slip into the Championship.
And that’s because, with both Palace and indeed Liverpool, the 28-year-old has proven his credentials in the English top-flight, and would undoubtedly shore up a leaky Hammers backline.
Ultimately, the East London outfit have been woeful defensively this season, conceding a league-high alongside Stoke City of 54 goals in their 29 Premier League games, which is only ten fewer than the amount they shipped last term under Slaven Bilic.
And while the arrival of former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes did appear to improve their defensive record, their recent away pummellings at the hands of Brighton, Liverpool, and Swansea suggest that a lot more work is needed to get this West Ham backline up to the level required.
And Sakho’s arrival could aid them in that quest.
The 28-year-old made a massive difference when he first signed for Palace back in January 2017, helping Sam Allardyce’s side to five wins and a draw from his eight appearances on loan last term, results which ultimately helped them to stay in the Premier League.
His influence cannot be understated during that fine run of form, and while injuries have restricted him this term, there’s little denying that, when fully fit, the France international is the best centre-back at the club, and one likely to be in-demand were they to lose their top-flight status.
And given his heroic efforts in the heart of the Eagles backline last term, alongside his underrated displays for Liverpool between 2013 and 2016, Sakho would have a huge impact on this West Ham backline, a backline that has to be improved if the Hammers are to move to the next level next season.
Thus, the East London outfit must raid their London rivals for the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) if the Eagles lose their Premier League status this season.
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