The January transfer window opens tomorrow and according to reports West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is going to be busy.
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West Ham have sent scouts to watch £17 million rated Japan winger Shoya Nakajima, according to reports in Portugal. Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via Sport Witness, reports that West Ham scouts were present to watch Nakajima’s Portimonense face Vitoria de Setubal recently.
The Daily Star and Express have both ran stories on West Ham’s interest in Real Madrid superstar in the summer and in its gossip columns since about renewed interest. This one simply won’t happen.
Huddersfield’s Pascal Gross has been linked with a move to East London by Calciomercato.
Former Manchester United midfield talent Shinji Kagawa is wanted by West Ham in January says The Sun.
According to ESPN Pellegrini will reignite interest in Porto playmaker Yacine Brahimi in January after missing out in the summer.
According to the Express, West Ham are interested in signing Hertha BSC defender Valentino Lazaro.
Yet another Chelsea player is being linked with West Ham in the shape of striker Michy Batshuayi. The Hammers had a record bid accepted for Batshuayi before he moved to Chelsea. And it appears the club remains interested with The Express touting the Belgian as an option for the East Londoners.
Spurs are having another strong season but holding midfielder Victor Wanyama has barely featured. The Kenyan has been repeatedly linked with a move to rivals West Ham (The Sun).
West Ham reportedly want Manchester United right back Antonio Valencia after the injury to Ryan Fredericks left Pellegrini relying on ageing Pablo Zabaleta (The Express). Valencia would be available on a free in the summer if he does not agree a new deal at Old Trafford but the Hammers could tempt the Red Devils with some cash to get him sooner.
Resurgent Inter Milan midfielder enjoyed a decent loan spell with West Ham last season. Despite a new lease of life at the San Siro Mario could be sacrificed as Inter need to raise funds to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions. With Manuel Lanzini out, Mario is ideal cover alongside Nasri.
West Ham have made a move to sign Marko Arnautovic’s Austria teammate Stefan Lainer from RB Salzburg according to The Express. Once again the report claims the move is prompted by the over reliance on Zabaleta following Ryan Fredericks’ injury.