Huddersfield Town have been relegated from the Premier League. The Terriers finished bottom of the pile with a measly 16 points. This was a staggering 10 points off second-bottom and 20 points off safety!
Nonetheless, West Ham tend to look at relegated teams to find a bargain. By offering some players the chance to stay in the Premier League, West Ham have made some shrewd acquisitions over the years.
Most notably was raiding Swansea City for Lukasz Fabianski last season. Other Premier League players who have been recent success stories from this type of transfer policy include Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire. So here are three Huddersfield players for the Hammers to consider.
Aaron Mooy was the standout performer for Huddersfield last season but he has struggled along with the team this season. However, the Australia international is still a talented player. At the right price, he could be the midfield playmaker West Ham are looking for.
Mooy has played 119 games for the Terriers, including one season in the Championship, chalking up a tally of 11 goals and 15 assists.
With better players around him, such as Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio, the 28-year-old’s figures could improve at West Ham.
Juninho Bacuna joined Huddersfield last summer after leaving Groningen. He is the younger brother of Cardiff City’s Leandro Bacuna but already looks like the better player.
The 21-year-old was one of the rare bright sparks for Huddersfield this season. Operating as a tough-tackling holding midfielder (or at right-back), Bacuna earned rave reviews from Huddersfield fans.
His one Huddersfield goal came against (you’ve guessed it) West Ham. And after impressing Manuel Pellegrini firsthand, the Netherlands U21 international could be a long-term project for West Ham.
Huddersfield have parted ways with goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who was out of contract. The 30-year-old is set to become a free agent and he would be an ideal option for the Hammers.
With Adrian leaving, West Ham need a new back-up goalkeeper for Fabianski. Lossl is the perfect fit as he is experienced, cheap and has proven himself in the top-flight.
The Denmark international could provide West Ham with short-term back-up for Fabianski while Nathan Trott gets ready to take over.