Transfer update 14/06/18

So far the only signing has been Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer, however the club have just confirmed that Mario Husillos as the Director of Football.

Who is Mario Husillos?

The 59 year old Argentine has previously worked alongside new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini in Spain, helping Malaga reach the Champions League semi final and finish in 6th place in La Liga in 2013.

Mario has signed a three year contract with the hammers, his role as Director of Football will see the Argentine take full responsibility for all senior recruitment, something David Gold has seemingly been involved with since taking over the club in 2010.

Latest transfer rumours:

William Carvalho; remains the same as last year, the club are still very much interested in the Portuguese international, perhaps even more so since he is one of several players to terminate their contracts at Sporting Lisbon. I would imagine the hammers would have to move quickly, if William puts in anything close to the kind of form he produced two years ago when Portugal won the European Championship then I’d imagine his agent’s phone will be very busy this World Cup.

Jordan Lukaku; is a left back currently plying his trade for Lazio in the Italian top tier, hammers are apparently interested in the 23 year old and have also apparently enquired about his availability. If Jordan were to join his older brother in the Premier League, I imagine Cresswell or Masuaku would make way.

Filipe Anderson; is another play currently at Italian club Lazio, the 25 year old right midfielder than can play centrally or wide is apparently interested in signing for the hammers. Whilst the hammers are apparently happy with the players wages, the two clubs are yet to agree a fee for the Brazilian.

Javier Pastore; currently plying his trade in the top tier of the French league for PSG although seemingly not for much longer as PSG are rumoured to need to sell players to raise 60 million Euros to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play regulations. Apparently the clubs have agreed a deal for the player but it seems the Argentine international midfielder may be pricing himself out of a move with his wage demands. It seems there needs to be some more negations in regards to the wages if we are to see the 28 year old holding up a West Ham shirt this summer.

Issa Diop; not to be mistaken for ex hammer Papa Bouba Diop! Any potential move is way off what some major news outlets are reporting but there is significant interest in the 21 year old defender from the hammers. Issa Diop is a player Pellegrini is apparently very interested in, reports suggest that Pellegrini may have to persuade the hammers hierarchy to part with up £22m to sign the French defender from French side Toulouse.

Alfie Mawson; another defender, the 24 year old has plenty of Premier League experience for his age and seems keen on a move to the hammers as Swansea City was relegated from the top tier of English football last month. Apparently the hammers have offered the swans £20m for the centre back with the hope a deal can be completed soon.

Lukasz Fabianksi; is another player to have recently been relegated with the swans, like Mawson seems interested with a move back to the top flight of English football. Apparently the clubs have agreed to a £7m fee for the 33 year old goalkeeper but all parties will be keen to get this done as soon as possible with Lukasz’s participation in Poland’s World Cup campaign.

Adrian; with recent interest in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi it seems Adrian may well be on his way out of the door at the London Stadium, it is rumoured several clubs are interested in acquiring the services of the of the Spaniard.

Marlon Santos; interest in the Barcelona centre back has seemed to be cooled the interest in several other centre backs recently but may well be an option if other options fall through.

Pre season plans:

It is suggested that a number of youth players will get a chance to impress the new hammers manager Pellegrini and his staff during the clubs pre season tour of Switzerland in early July. Players such as Nathan Holland, Josh Park, Martin Samuelson, Sead Haksabanovic, Marcos Browne and Reece Oxford will have extra incentive to impress the new management team with several players not joining up with the rest of the team later on during the pre season schedule due to World Cup commitments.

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