West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are devastated with the latest developments emerging from Argentina’s World Cup camp.
Hammers playmaker, Manuel Lanzini, will miss the World Cup after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament during training. The 25-year-old was a key player for the Hammers last season and was expected to be a crucial player under new boss Manuel Pellegrini. Indeed, the injury could seriously affect West Ham’s transfer plans.
The midfielder could miss the entirety of next season, leaving a huge gap in the engine room that needs to be filled. A new playmaker will be on Pellegrini’s shortlist following the loss of Lanzini as West Ham look to push for a European place next campaign.
Earlier in the window, the Hammers had been linked with a move for Manchester City wonderkid – Phil Foden. The Englishman has been fast-tracked to the first-team by Pep Guardiola and made five appearances in the Premier League last season, notching one assist. The Spaniard has maintained that the youngster, who is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, would not be leaving the club on loan this summer.
However, with West Ham needing a number ten, and due to Pellegrini’s link with City, Foden might be tempted to make the switch to the London Stadium. With that in mind, a loan move makes perfect sense for both parties. The Hammers need a playmaker while Lanzini is sidelined but need to invest money in other areas of the squad as well. For City, Foden would be getting regular game time in the Premier League under a manager who they know extremely well.
If Pellegrini could convince Guardiola to allow the 18-year-old to leave, it would soften the blow of losing their Argentinian star.
West Ham, thoughts?