Recent links to both Jean-Michael Seri and Jack Wilshere would suggest Manuel Pellegrini is interested in adding a new central midfielder to his West Ham squad.
According to Sky Sports, Seri is very keen on a move to the Premier League. However, rival interest from Arsenal and Chelsea puts West Ham in a difficult position. As for Wilshere, the 26-year-old’s injury record means that if he were to sign, Pellegrini might want to sign another midfielder on top of the now ex-Arsenal man.
If that does turn out to be the case or, Pellegrini cannot convince Seri to join West Ham ahead of their London rivals, then the former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager should target Southampton’s £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mario Lemina.
The 24-year-old isn’t exactly the same profile of midfielder that Seri is. But like Wilshere, on the other hand, Lemina is able to bring the ball forward and dribble through midfield to open up spaces and create opportunities for team-mates.
West Ham have already bolstered their backline with the additions of Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski, while Felipe Anderson will reinforce the Hammers’ attack if a deal with Lazio can be reached, which could be imminent, the Telegraph reports.
And by adding Lemina to a squad that has Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Manuel Lanzini once he returns from injury and potentially Anderson, under Pellegrini, the Hammers could find themselves in a position to challenge for a Europa League qualification spot again.