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West Ham’s summer could be ruined by departure of £6.3m-rated defender

The West Ham United fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their clash with Stoke City on Monday evening, but recent reports have given them fresh cause for concern ahead of the summer transfer window. 

The resident Hammers propping up our bar have been in fine spirits of late after watching their side move 6 points clear of the relegation zone with just 6 fixtures left to play. Next up for David Moyes’ side is a crucial six-pointer clash against their fellow relegation-rivals Stoke City – a fixture which could make or break the season for both clubs.

West Ham will be hoping they can record a priceless victory and steer clear of the relegation zone. The performances of two of the club’s central figures, namely Marko Arnautovic and Mark Noble will play a huge role in determining the final score on Monday and, the performance of Arthur Masuaku (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) will also be pivotal to West Ham’s success.

Masuaku struggled to settle into English football last season following his arrival from the Greek giants Olympiacos, but his performances this season suggest he has turned a corner in his development. His combination of pace, flair and balance enable him to take players on with a brazen arrogance which is usually reserved for the top players in world football.

Considering he is only 24-years-old, Masuaku should continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come, so the fact he is already being linked with a move away from the club is extremely concerning for the West Ham supporters. According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Monaco are all interested in signing Masuaku this summer.

The prospect of competing in either the Champions League or the Europa League is certainly one which will appeal to Masuaku, but David Moyes must do everything he can to convince him to snub rival interest and remain at the London Stadium next season. Masuaku is not quite an indispensable player just yet, but he possesses the type of quality which West Ham will need to clinch a top-half finish next season.

After teetering on the edge of the relegation zone for the majority of the season so far, Moyes will be hoping to lead his side towards a potential Europa League place next season. If the Irons are to achieve that ambitious aim, they quite simply have to keep their best players at the club, such as Masuaku, otherwise they could be destined for another season of fear and anguish whilst lingering around the relegation zone.

West Ham’s summer window will undoubtedly shape the level of success they can achieve next season, so it’s imperative that they fend off interest from rival clubs and keep Masuaku in East London this summer.

West Ham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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