Three other realistically audacious bids West Ham can make

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Easily the most entertaining transfer bid to be lodged during the course of the summer so far is West Ham’s £9.5m tempter for Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, the player that European-chasing Liverpool, then Tottenham were on the verge of signing in January.

The ambition of the Hammers, who are 6/1 for Premier League relegation, is commendable and with a new set of attacking philosophies to adhere to this season Sam Allardyce and his scouts are doing their best to meet them.

Always looking to lend a helping hand, we’ve picked out three other audaciously delicious bids the Upton Park club could lodge:

Mathieu Valbuena

The miniature midfielder was an impressive part of France’s run to the quarter finals at the World Cup, scoring once and laying on an assist during four appearances at the finals.

The 29-year-old may be reaching the dying embers of his peak years, but can be the creative force West Ham need to feed Andy Carroll chances – as his six assists for Marseille last season indicate.

Shinji Kagawa

Staying with targets who can play in the number 10 role, Allardyce may not need to look too much further than the north of England to secure a creative import.

Manchester United’s forgotten Japanese string puller could well be tempted away from Old Trafford by the chance to play week in, week out as West Ham fans’ idol.

Nani

Another Red Devil completes our trio of outlandish targets, with winger Nani seen as the perfect wide man to provide the towering Carroll with aerial chances to convert.

Not shy of taking on an opposing defender before launching a shot at goal either, the Portuguese would provide the Hammers with a greater goal threat than current touchline huggers Matthew Jarvis and Stewart Downing.

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