The Lowdown: Hammers keep moving…
Nayed Aguerd’s signing from Rennes, as per a report from Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, could just be the tip of the iceberg for Moyes and club head of recruitment Rob Newman this summer.
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However, that is not to say other side’s won’t attempt to poach the Irons’ star players, with 90min sharing a development involving star man Declan Rice and Barkley.
The Latest: Chelsea plot part-exchange…
According to the report, English top flight giants Chelsea have made a fresh approach for Rice which has been swiftly rebuffed – but they could come back with a part-exchange offer.
Indeed, it is believed that Thomas Tuchel’s side may now give West Ham the chance to sign Barkley and striker target Armando Broja to test their resolve.
The Verdict: Should they consider it?
Rice is simply far too valuable to consider letting him go for the sake of Broja and Barkley.
This goes especially for the latter man, who barely featured over 2021/22 and started just one league game.
The £110,000-per-week midfielder, described as an ‘enigma’ by journalist Phil McNulty, actually enjoyed a fairly productive spell in parts out on loan at Aston Villa over 2020/2021. There does appear to be ability remaining in Barkley’s locker after former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp said he ‘has everything’.
However, going by his very limited minutes over this last year, his signing could be seen as a huge gamble, and GSB should be telling their London rivals to stump up Rice’s huge asking price or leave.
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