According to a recent report from A Spor, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could well be on his way out of Liverpool this summer. The Netherlands international has been a regular feature in Jurgen Klopp’s side in the last few years but could be set to suffer from the summer arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita, with both likely to push the 27-year-old down the midfield pecking order at Anfield.
And these reports should certainly be of interest to West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who should seek to perfectly complete the Hammers’ excellent summer by making a move for the linked-away £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, Pellegrini has been busy rebuilding and remoulding the West Ham squad since taking over at the London Stadium earlier this summer, doing so in key positions of the pitch in bringing in a goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski, a right back in Ryan Fredericks, and a centre back in Issa Diop.
Add in the arrival of Jack Wilshere on a free earlier this week, and today’s addition of Andriy Yarmolenko, and the Chilean has already done a fine job in the summer window, although many still feel that another man in the middle of the park is needed for the Hammers to move to the next level.
Cheikhou Kouyate didn’t enjoy the best of seasons last time round while Pedro Obiang missed much of it through injury, leaving Hammers stalwart Mark Noble as the most consistent performer in the midfield, for which he deserves much credit.
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But if the East London outfit are serious about challenging in the top half and potentially for the European places, more strength, quality, and depth is needed in those midfield ranks – Wijnaldum would provide just that.
The Dutchman made the move to Liverpool back in 2016 and has since become a regular in Klopp’s side, missing just two Premier League games en route to their fourth place finish back in 2016/17, and only five last term as they replicated that effort.
Add in his 12 appearances for the Reds in their run to the Champions League final, and it’s clear that the 27-year-old has been a pivotal part of Klopp’s revolution at Anfield, although messrs Fabinho and Keita are likely to command regular minutes ahead of the Netherlands ace.
Thus, Wijnaldum could well be on the lookout for his next club this summer, and West Ham should seriously seek to ask the question in a bid to complete an outstanding summer of transfer business at the London Stadium.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!