It’s shaping to be a busy summer for West Ham United, and they’re currently linked with a host of quality names.
Having finished a superb seventh – just four points off the Champions League spots – in 2015-16, the Hammers endured a miserable time of it last term.
Star man Dimitri Payet went AWOL and eventually left for Marseille for £25m in January, and Slaven Bilic came under enormous pressure to leave his post.
An 11th-placed finish was salvaged, but the East London outfit will be desperate to revisit those fine days from two seasons ago.
But to do that they’re going to have to spend this summer.
And one potential signing is Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who has been linked with a loan move.
The Hammers have used Darren Randolph and Adrian between the sticks for the last few seasons, but Hart would undoubtedly viewed as a step up in quality.
He is is readily available too, with City spending £30m on long-term successor Ederson Moraes from Benfica.
Plus, any funds they need to sign the England international can be offset the by string of Spanish clubs wanting to sign Adrian.
A slightly more surprising signing would be Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
It’s been reported that the Frenchman can leave the Gunners, with the striker seeking first team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
West Ham will have to offer a generous package to tempt the 30-year-old, but it shouldn’t be ruled out.
Only five teams conceded more than the Hammers last season, so they could use a player like Chris Smalling from Manchester United.
With the Red Devils set to confirm the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Smalling’s days at Old Trafford look numbered.
But he should be entering his peak now at 27-years-old, and would bring vital experience and composure to a West Ham defence which was left chasing shadows far too often last term.
It remains to be seen how many of this trio do end up at the London Stadium in claret and blue next term.
But our traders make it a not-unreasonable 33/1 they make a major statement this summer and sign all three!
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