The West ham United fans are feeling downbeat in the Transfer Tavern due to their club’s regression since moving to the London Stadium in the summer of 2016, and they are hoping that the summer transfer window will usher in a new era of success for the club.
David Moyes still has a huge task ahead of him to ensure The Hammers beat the drop this season, so discussion of summer signings seems rather premature at this stage. However, the recent overspilling of tensions between the fans and the owners which marred their 3-0 defeat against Burnley recently has forced the clubs owners to begin planning for the summer transfer window already according to The Sun.
The report claims that West Ham have identified Newcastle United’s captain Jamaal Lascelles (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) as a player who could somewhat lift the mood amongst the angry supporters. So far this season, Lascelles has been a pivotal component of Newcastle’s limited success, and without him it seems certain that The Magpies would be sitting in the bottom-three at this stage in the season.
The 24-year-old is a brilliant defender who would install solidity into a defensive unit which has been consistently leaky throughout the current campaign so far, and his leadership qualities would also inspire the players around him to improve and fight for the club. The report also claims that West Ham will try and sign Lascelles for £15 million, which is an overly ambitious figure in the state of the current market.
West Ham will need to pay much more than that for his services, but they will struggle to get much better value for money than Lascelles considering his quality, age, and experience in the Premier League. A large proportion of responsibility for The Hammers current predicament must lie with the ownership who have failed to supply the investment that is needed to push their club into the top-six, and they must put that right this summer in order to win over the disgruntled supporters.
The signing of Lascelles hardly represents a marquee signing due to the fact he has only recently become an established player in the top-flight, but he has shown a tremendous quality during his debut season in the top-flight which suggests he has the ability to become a regular England international in the future. If West Ham manage to successfully complete their survival mission and finish outside of the bottom-three this season, they should make the signing of Lascelles a top priority in the summer.