Manuel Pellegrini has identified central midfield as a priority this summer. West Ham have had their issues in the middle of the park this season and want to improve their options in this department.
With players like Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang potentially on their way out, West Ham could see at least one new central midfielder arrive this summer.
According to The World Game, one of West Ham’s targets is Aaron Mooy. The Huddersfield Town midfielder is available for around £15m this summer with West Ham one of six teams chasing him.
However, given the calibre of some of the other central midfielders linked, Mooy would be an underwhelming signing.
West Ham linked with exciting trio
Dani Ceballos, Franck Kessie and Andre Gomes are three central midfielders who have been linked with the Irons recently. Any of these players would be marquee signings and would signal West Ham’s statement of intent.
The Express believes Pellegrini wants £20m-rated Real Madrid man Ceballos and Calcio Mercato links West Ham with AC Milan star Kessie. Meanwhile, Sky Sports News reports that West Ham have bid £18m for Gomes but Barcelona want between £25m and £35m.
All three offer different styles. Ceballos is a talented playmaker, Kessie is an energetic box-to-box midfielder and Gomes is a deep-lying player who can offer attacking and defensive contributions. And all three players would be more exciting than Mooy.
Would Aaron Mooy be a good signing?
Mooy is a midfield playmaker who has impressed for Huddersfield. In three seasons with the Terriers, he has racked up 119 appearances, 11 goals and 15 assists.
But the 28-year-old’s form dipped for periods last season and he is not a young player anymore. This is a hefty price for a player of Mooy’s quality.
Mooy could be a useful player for West Ham. But fans would surely be disappointed to spend £15m on the Australian international after being linked with these other players.