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West Ham’s transfer business this summer has shown they should be aiming higher than Sanchez

West Ham’s transfer business this summer has shown they should be aiming higher than Sanchez

West Ham have made many signings during this transfer window and supporters could yet see the arrival of another two more new faces before tomorrow’s deadline.

Lucas Perez is expected to be one of them with the Spaniard said to be closing in on a move to the London Stadium from Arsenal in a £5m deal (via Evening Standard), while manager Manuel Pellegrini is also on the lookout for a defensive midfielder.

The Breakdown

Having sold Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace, the Evening Standard reports West Ham are now looking at bringing in Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez as a replacement.

Signing Sanchez, though, would be a pretty anticlimactic end to what has been a very good transfer window for the Hammers.

The Colombian, who is valued at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, spent two seasons in the Premier League with Aston Villa between 2014-16 where he was often on the end of much criticism from his supporters.

Sanchez was one of Villa’s biggest liabilities in an exceptionally bad squad and, while he has improved since leaving English football for Serie A, the Colombia international can still be very clumsy in possession and reckless when making tackles.

Prior to West Ham’s interest in Sanchez, the east London club had been linked with moves for Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro (via Gazzetta dello Sport) and Southampton’s Mario Lemina (via Sky Sports) — players who would have improved the team — so falling back on Sanchez may seem underwhelming and come as a disappointment to some fans.

Nevertheless, whether Sanchez arrives at the London Stadium or not, overall, the business that has been done in east London this summer has been solid.

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