According to a report from 90 Min, West Ham boss David Moyes wants to sign Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy. They could face competition from the likes of Newcastle and Leeds, however.
Midfield could still be an area where Moyes looks to strengthen this summer, in spite of having already signed Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal.
Carlos Sanchez has left the London Stadium and Mark Noble is on the wrong side of 33.
90 Min claims that the Hammers have made contact with Crystal Palace regarding a potential move for James McCarthy. And so have Leeds, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
The Eagles allegedly want £8 million for the 29-year-old.
The 41-capped Republic of Ireland international joined Palace from Moyes’s former club Everton last summer.
McCarthy made 33 Premier League appearances for the Eagles this season. During those outings, the midfielder averaged 2.5 tackles per game. He also averaged 23.7 passes per game with a success rate of 77.8% (Who Scored).
The former Everton man is a decent Premier League player. He is reliable, industrious and it could be argued that £8 million is decent value for him.
But West Ham should really be aiming higher. And so should Newcastle and Leeds for that matter.
David Moyes and co want to make genuine progress this next season. Signing James McCarthy would seem like more of a sidewards step for the Hammers, however.
And the real fact of the matter is that the Scot should be looking to strengthen other areas before he considers bringing in another central midfielder.