West Ham have been linked with Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman since the summer.

Sky Sports claimed that the Dutchman was offered to the Hammers in the summer.

Calcio Mercato now claims that should West Ham attempt to sign him in January, they will face competition from Italian clubs Inter Milan and Fiorentina.

The Hammers undoubtedly need to strengthen their defensive midfield department.

Manuel Pellegrini must avoid a move for Strootman, however, and look elsewhere. West Ham should let the Italian duo have a free run at the 29-year-old.

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Kevin Strootman (Photo by Olympique de Marseille/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

The 45-capped Holland international will be 30 in February, and his problems with injuries should serve as a warning sign for West Ham.

The last thing the Hammers need is another injury prone, expensive and ageing player on their books.

 

West Ham need to go in a different direction. They should be recruiting talented youngsters with high ceilings.

Not has-beens who are just looking for one big final payday.

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Kevin Strootman (Photo by Guillaume Ruoppolo – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

Pellegrini needs more dynamism in midfield to play alongside Declan Rice, and Strootman certainly isn’t that man.

January and next summer will be vitally important windows for West Ham.

If they want to make true progress and move forward as a football club, they must start recruiting for the future rather than for the here and now.

And avoiding a move for Strootman would be a sensible decision.

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