The lowdown: Irons’ active
So far this summer the Irons have added Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola to the squad on a permanent basis, losing Mark Noble, Alex Kral, Andriy Yarmolenko, Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks in the meantime.
The business is expected to continue, however, as Rob Newman attempts to bring in additional cover at left-back, central midfielder and attacking option to the London Stadium.
The latest: One more name
He said: “I know they really like Alex Grimaldo. He was linked to Man City the other day. So he’s one of the top names they’ve looked at. But there’ll be others too, as there always is with West Ham. Maybe this is part of the problem. They go after too many players at one time and end up with no one.”
The verdict: Go for it
With the deal for Kostic dragging on and another target in Angelino seemingly nearing a switch to Hoffenheim, pursuing a move for a player of Grimaldo’s ilk would be an advisable option for the east Londoners as Moyes attempts to build on what he has already achieved at the London Stadium in taking the club into a new stratosphere.
Last season, the twice-capped Spain Under 21 ace scored six times and provided nine assists in 47 appearances across all competitions, earning a sensational 7.33 Sofascore rating whilst winning 4.1 duels, making 1.0 interception and 2.0 key passes on average per outing in the Primeira Liga.
Valued at £18million and in the final 12 months of a deal in Portugal (Transfermarkt), signing Grimaldo – who was previously courted by Manchester City– would represent an affordable venture for GSB, even taking into account potential wages given the full-back’s current £27,000 per week pay packet (Salary Sport).
Described as being ‘good enough to play for any side’ by sporting director Tiago Pinto last year, West Ham should be willing to pull out all the stops to make this one happen.
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