With the English transfer window closing early this year (9th of August) and the World Cup due to finish this Sunday, transfer rumours will without a doubt be gaining more steam but what rumours are related to West Ham and which rumours are true? Here’s everything realistic I’ve picked up, and whether the rumours are true or not.
Wilshere: Has been confirmed this afternoon, the ex Arsenal player signed on a three year deal having been released by Arsenal last month after failing to agree terms on a new contract.
Recio: There have been reports that new Hammer’s boss Pellegrini may look to former club Malaga to sign their club captain Recio. Pellegrini and Husillos have both worked together at Malaga and are believed to have a good relationship with the club, however this deal looks unlikely as there’s no evidence to suggest a bid has been made for the central midfielder and with Hammers having signed Wilshere this afternoon there may well be no further interest in central midfielders.
Bruno Fernandes: Sky Sports have suggested West Ham have made a £20M bid for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon are believed to be holding out for £25m with several clubs also interested. Again, with West Ham having just signed Jack Wilshere, they may have finished their business in this summer in regards to adding to the central midfield.
Andrey Yarmolenko: Hammers are reportedly closing in on signing Borussia Dortmund winger Andrey Yarmolenko, with the Ukraine international said to be booked in for a medical on Tuesday morning. The 76 time capped Ukraine international signed for Borussia Dortmund last summer from Dynamo Kiev, scoring 10 goals and creating 9 assists in 12 months in Germany. The deal seems likely as Pellegrini is said to be interested in the player and adding creativity to the squad, however Hammers are believed to have to part with around £18M to bring to Ukraine international to the London Stadium.
Fabian Balbuena: Brazilian club Corinthians have announced they have accepted a bid from West Ham for centre back Fabian Balbuena. This deal seems very likely with just personal terms being the only obstacle in the way, it is believed the 26 year old Paraguay international has a £4M release clause in his contract.
Seri: In demand Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri is believed to have not travelled with the Nice team on their pre season training camp. It’s rumoured the 18 time capped Ivory Coast international is a target for West Ham and Chelsea having been one of the stand out performers in the top French division Ligue 1 last season.
With the signing of Wilshere this afternoon the Hammers may not be looking to add to their central midfield but if they are still interested they will need to step up their efforts and take advantage of the uncertainty around Chelsea at the moment.
Kasper Dolberg: West Ham are reportedly interested in Dutch striker Kasper Dolberg, the Ajax striker has scored 22 times in two seasons since making his debut for Ajax and is believed to be available for around £10M. This deal does seem likely as Pellegrini is looking to add to his strike force, however the club may looking to offload a few squad players first.
Filipe Anderson: It is believed, despite weeks of stalled negations, both parties have finally agreed on a deal to bring Filipe Anderson to West Ham. It is believed new Hammer’s manager Pellegrini has made the Lazio’s Filipe Anderson his main priority and told the Hammer’s hierarchy to do their upmost best to sign the Brazilian winger. Lazio’s stubborn business and Anderson’s personal terms may well still be stumbling block for the Hammers though.
Steven N’nonzi: West Ham are apparently one of three Premier League clubs interested in former Stoke and Blackburn Rover’s midfielder Steven N’zonzi, the other two clubs interested in Sevilla’s midfielder are said to be Everton and Everton.
No bid has been made by West Ham and with Hammers conforming the capture of free agent Jack Wilshere this afternoon, they may well be done in recruiting central midfielders this window.
Antonio: According to Sky Sports West Ham are open to offers for Michail Antonio, apparently willing to accept offers around £15M. This deal looks likely with Antonio’s injury record in recent seasons, but once you read what else Sky Sports are reporting it seems very unlikely. However, the rumours of wingers Filipe Anderson and Andrey Yarmolenko soon to be arriving at the London Stadium doesn’t bode well for for Michail.
Kouyate and Obiang: Sky Sports are also suggesting that Hammers are willing to cash in on Obiang and Kouyate too, with an apparent £10M valuation on Kouyate but no apparent price tag mentioned for Obiang.
I would highly doubt West Ham would be willing to sell Pedro having turned down offers most transfer windows since joining the Hammers. A £10M price tag would be a very very low estimation for such a quality and important midfielder for the club.
Kouyate on the other hand, with Wilshere coming in it may well be the beginning of the end for Cheikhou Kouyate, the Senegalese midfielder came under criticism from some Hammer’s fans during the clubs difficult times last season.
Reece Burke: has spentmost of time away from Hammers in recent season having been loaned out, it is believed West Ham are looking to cash in the centre back with ex West Ham player and new Derby manager Frank Lampard interested in bringing the young centre back to Pride Park but he will have strong competition from Hull City.Reece made 15 appearances for the Hammers first team scoring 1 goal and has 72 appearances whilst loaned out to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford City respectively.
Jordan Hugill: It is believed Leeds United are one of the latest clubs to be interested in Hammer’s striker Jordan Hugill. It is believed that Hammer’s are only allowing Jordan to move on permanently if they receive the majority of the £10M fee they paid Preston North End for his services in January, therefore a loan deal looks more likely.
Josh Cullen: It has also been rumoured that Josh Cullen may well be on his way out with Hammer’s willing to listen to offers for the Irish midfielder. Josh has made only 9 appearances for West Ham’s first team, whilst on loan Josh has made 75 appearances for Bradford and Bolton Wanderers respectively.
Antonio and Arnautovic: are believed to join up with the Hammer’s camp in Switzerland early this week to start their pre season training.
Cresswell: has picked up a minor injury, Aaron will not be risked until he’s recovered.
Reid: is still keeping up with his rehabilitation since his knee injury which he suffered against Wigan in the FA Cup in late January this year.