West Ham boss David Moyes has a lot of work to do over the next nine days. The transfer window slams shut on October 5th. And as things stand, it seems as though we are no closer to signing anybody.
There is one way in particular whereby the Hammers can make this transfer window a successful one, however.
Let’s presume that West Ham have around £33 million to spend at the moment. That was the amount we were prepared to splash out on James Tarkowski or Wesley Fofana (Sky Sports) after all.
Now, let’s say we try and sell Manuel Lanzini. The 27-year-old Argentine is not the same player anymore after suffering a serious knee injury during the build up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Hammers may be able to recoup around £15 million for the former River Plate man, according to Football.London.
Potential triple swoop would be superb for West Ham
So that would bring our budget closer to £50 million. And in an ideal world, that should be enough to secure the signings of Brentford duo Said Benrahma and Rico Henry and Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani.
Benrahma’s teammate Rico Henry is also on the Hammers’ radar according to Claret and Hugh.
Sky Sports Live Transfer Centre (Wednesday September 2nd) claimed that the 23-year-old is available for just £7 million.
Bear with us. That’s £27 million for the Brentford duo. Leaving around £20 odd million for one more signing.
And Juve ace Daniele Rugani fits the bill perfectly. The Old Lady will demand around £21 million for the 26-year-old Italian (The Sun).
If we manage to sign those three players, having sold Grady Diangana, Jordan Hugill, Albian Ajeti and potentially moving Lanzini on, this summer wouldn’t be too bad after all. Obviously none of us wanted Grady to leave. But what’s done is done. It’s about moving on now and looking towards a brighter future.
Sure, that is a hard thing to do when David Sullivan and David Gold are running the club. But we must remain positive as much as we can, up until the transfer window slams shut at the very least.