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3 free agents West Ham could consider signing to fill 25-man squad

West Ham United confirmed their Premier League squad yesterday, but only named 23 players.

Each Premier League side is allowed to register 25 players for their squad but West Ham still have two spaces that they could fill with free agents.

West Ham have seven homegrown players. This includes captain Mark Noble and new signings Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks.

Moses Makasi, 22, has been included in the Irons’ Premier League squad despite not making his debut yet.

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Declan Rice and Issa Diop qualify as under-21 players so West Ham can sign two more players for their squad.

Here are three free agents that the Hammers could consider.

James Collins

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: West Ham United’s James Collins and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

There have been calls from some West Ham fans for Collins to return.

The Welshman has played over 200 games for the Hammers in two spells but was released in the summer.

Collins always put 100% in and would add passion and experience to the defence.

But the 35-year-old is past his peak and has been linked with Ipswich Town.

Miguel Veloso

GENOA, ITALY – MAY 06: Miguel Veloso (R) of Genoa CFC in action against Riccardo Saponara of ACF Fiorentina during the serie A match between Genoa CFC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 6, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

West Ham have lacked a holding midfielder for a while and Veloso could be the answer.

The 56-cap Portugal career was most recently at Genoa in Serie A. He has also spent time with Sporting CP and Dynamo Kyiv.

Veloso would add competition for the likes of Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez.

If needed, he can also operate at left-back and has plenty of experience.

But is the 32-year-old worth a punt? Would he strengthen the starting XI?

Sean Clare

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Gillingham’s Sean Clare battles with Peterborough United’s Gwion Edwards during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Gillingham at ABAX Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Clare turned down a contract extension at Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

The young midfielder is available for a compensation fee.

West Ham could look at the ball-playing 21-year-old as a long-term answer in midfield.

While Clare would not get much game time initially, he would add quality for the under-23 side and be a long-term project.

Despite being young, the 6ft 3in midfielder has scored once in five games for Sheffield Wednesday. He has also played on loan at Bury, Accrington Stanley and Gillingham.

The Hackney-born midfielder might fancy a return to East London if West Ham take an interest.


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