According to a report from Tribal Football, West Ham boss David Moyes is in talks to sign John Obi Mikel on a free transfer. And some Hammers fans have reacted furiously on Twitter to the speculation.
Moyes undoubtedly needs to bolster his central midfield ranks this summer.
But West Ham should be going nowhere near Obi Mikel.
The 89-capped Nigeria international is 33 now, and he hasn’t played since March following his release from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
The former Chelsea man was a very solid player in his day. But the Hammers signing someone approaching his mid-thirties would make zero sense.
Especially when considering the fact that Moyes has repeatedly insisted that he will only be targeting young, fit and hungry players over the course of the next few transfer windows.
West Ham should be looking at energetic and powerful midfielders like Queens Park Rangers ace Eberechi Eze. That kind of signing would really excite the Hammers fans.
Unfortunately, however, it seems as though they could be set for disappointment. If Obi Mikel is brought to the London Stadium, it would surely instigate a mutiny amongst the fans.
If David Sullivan and David Gold are to oversee genuine progress, they need to completely change the way in which they have recruited player over the past few years.
Some Hammers fans have made it very clear that that do not want the 33-year-old anywhere near their club this summer…
Please god relegate us
— ⚒ (@54fc875286444f7) July 5, 2020
Daves Dinosaurs 🦕
— Micky the Fish (@MickPenn2) July 5, 2020
omg lol, classic sulli this one
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) July 6, 2020
I doubt we’re interested in Mikel just so he can replace Rice. Would be a colossal disaster.
— 🏴🟠 (@BenHoole2004) July 6, 2020
I thought you wanted a young side ???? ⚒
— Dean Smith (@smudgerdc) July 6, 2020
Like seriously? Mikel will be really slow at his age.
— Goodluck Jonathan (@arinzeesq) July 5, 2020
Why do people believe this🤣
— Harry Demmon (@harrydemmon) July 6, 2020