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West Ham: Dharmesh Sheth drops Ben Brereton-Diaz update

West Ham: Dharmesh Sheth drops Ben Brereton-Diaz update -West Ham News

West Ham United are still in for Blackburn Rovers attacker Ben Brereton-Diaz, according to Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth

The lowdown

West Ham are closing in on the signing of a striker in the form of Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.

Scamacca is due to undergo on a medical on Tuesday ahead of a £35.5million transfer, having agreed terms with the Hammers.

Brereton-Diaz, meanwhile, could also be on the move this summer, with just 12 months remaining on his Blackburn deal.

The latest

Sheth, as quoted by The Boot Room, told Sky Sports News that Brereton-Diaz still features on West Ham’s shortlist, and also relayed Blackburn’s demands.

It seems a deal is seen as viable even after the Irons lined up the signing of Scamacca.

“We understand Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz is one of a number of players West Ham are looking at this summer,” he said.

“The Chile international has entered the final year of his contract at Ewood Park. The Championship side are thought to want around £15m for the 23-year-old.”

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The verdict

The signing of Brereton-Diaz would actually make sense, even with Scamacca and Michail Antonio already in place.

That’s because, while he is predominantly a centre-forward, he has also played 82 games as a winger during his career (43 on the right, 39 on the left).

He may potentially be viewed as a replacement for Andriy Yamolenko, who has left to join Emirati outfit Al-Ain.

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Yarmolenko played 32 games last season in all competitions, so it’s quite an important squad role to fill.

The opportunity to sign the versatile Brereton-Diaz, who scored 22 goals last season, for a reduced fee as a result of his contract situation may be too good to turn down.

After all, this is a player billed as an ‘extraordinary talent’ with ‘wonderful ability’ by former Rovers boss Tony Mowbray.


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