West Ham have problems all over the pitch at the moment.

It could be argued that Manuel Pellegrini actually needs to strengthen in every position in January.

The problem is, however, that the Hammers’ desperate need for a new goalkeeper and a centre-forward is masking their weaknesses in central midfield.

Declan Rice is one of the best holding midfielders around. But West Ham need more energy and dynamism alongside the England international.

Mark Noble isn’t getting any younger, and Carlos Sanchez is simply not good enough.


The Hammers really do need to invest in central midfield. And if the owners really are ambitious, the east London outfit should make a bold move for Borussia Dortmund ace Julian Weigl in January.

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Julian Weigl (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images)

The 24-year-old Dortmund star is out of contract with the Bundesliga giants in the summer of 2021, so they could be tempted to sell in January, if the right offer comes in.

In fact, German publication Buli News claims that Dortmund would consider offers in the region of €30 million (£25.7 million) for Weigl.

The five-capped Germany international is an incredibly consistent operator. He excels in the deep midfield role. The 24-year-old possesses impressive energy, and can get up and down the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

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Julian Weigl (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

He is also an expert passer. Weigl would undoubtedly improve West Ham’s midfield, and for the price of just £25.7 million, signing him would be an absolute no brainer for the east London outfit.

The Dortmund ace would bring experience as well as quality to Pellegrini’s side. And West Ham must show some real ambition in January by attempting to sign him.

Whether the midfielder would want to move to the London Stadium, however, is another matter entirely.

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