West Ham have seen two bids for high profile stars knocked back by Man Utd and Fulham respectively, and their £45m offer hasn’t even scratched the surface for one player, per reports.
The Hammers have cash to splash on the back of selling Declan Rice to Arsenal for a package worth £105m. A direct replacement in central midfield is required, though manager David Moyes also has his sights set on a new centre-half.
Indeed, the Guardian bring news of West Ham seeking stiff competition for regular starters Nayef Aguerd and Kurt Zouma. The latter has a chequered record when it comes to keeping fit.
Angelo Ogbonna and Thilo Kehrer are also on the books. However, Ogbonna is 35 and the report suggests Kehrer’s long-term future in the capital is far from assured.
With a Europa League campaign on the horizon thanks to their Europa Conference League success, strength in depth is absolute must.
Failure to have high quality options in every department could result in West Ham flirting with relegation once more if their resources are spread thin.
To that end, the Hammers are courting Man Utd centre-half, Harry Maguire. The 30-year-old was recently stripped of the United captaincy and per Sky Sports, is now considering ‘all of his options’.
The Guardian suggest West Ham think a permanent deal will be too expensive when factoring in Maguire’s high salary demands. Furthermore, they believe spending big on a 30-year-old makes little sense anyway.
As such, West Ham lodged a loan proposal that is speculated to have contained an option to buy. However, the offer has quickly been rejected by Man Utd who greatly prefer an outright sale.
Whether West Ham will return with a second bid for Maguire remains to be seen. However, the news on their pursuit of a Rice successor is not positive either.
£45m West Ham bid doesn’t come close; alternative named
Indeed, Ajax’s Edson Alvarez and Fulham’s Joao Palhinha are in West Ham’s sights. Per the Guardian, the Hammers have seen a sizeable £45m bid for Palhinha turned down.
That is a significant sum, not least because Palhinha only cost Fulham £20m when plucked from Sporting Lisbon last summer. However, it is a reflection of his dominant first campaign in England in which Palhinha made a whopping 47 more tackles than any other player.
The Portugal destroyer finished the campaign with 147 tackles. Coming in an extremely distant second was Brighton’s £80m-rated Moises Caicedo with 100.
Fulham are understood to value Palhinha at £80m too, per the Guardian and Sky Sports. It would appear highly unlikely the Hammers will come close to matching that sum, especially as Palhinha is no spring chicken at 28 years of age.
There is one ray of hope, however, with the Guardian suggesting Fulham’s £80m asking price is a red herring.
The report concluded a bid closer to £50m may be enough to strong-arm Fulham into a sale. The only way we’ll find out is if West Ham bid again.
An alternative if West Ham pull the plug on Palhinha is Mexico international Alvarez. The 25-year-old is valued at a more modest £45m by Ajax.