Cardiff City were the third and final team relegated from the Premier League. West Ham’s nemesis Neil Warnock was not able to keep the Bluebirds up in their first season back in the top-flight.
This summer, the Hammers could look to poach some players from the relegated clubs. This is a transfer plan which has worked in the past – just look at the success of Lukasz Fabianski.
Here are three Cardiff players who should be considered by West Ham this summer.
West Ham need a new back-up goalkeeper to Fabianski with Adrian on his way out. Neil Etheridge fits the bill perfectly after an impressive debut season in the top-flight.
The Philippines international made the second most saves in the league (behind Fabianski) and was the standout performer for Cardiff this season.
At the right price, the 29-year-old could provide cover for Fabianski before eventually pushing for a first-team spot.
West Ham need a fourth centre-back to compete with Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna. Winston Reid has been out since March 2018 and there are doubts over his long-term future while Reece Oxford will probably leave this summer.
Cardiff defender Bamba could be a solid squad option for the right price. The 34-year-old would provide short-term depth in the centre-back region if he moved to West Ham.
The 44-cap Ivory Coast international is strong in the air and a committed central defender. He would struggle to oust Diop and Balbuena but he would be a good back-up choice for the Irons.
This one is cheating a little bit as Victor Camarasa is only on loan. But West Ham have been linked with the Spanish midfielder and there are not many other options in this Cardiff squad.
Camarasa spent the season in Wales on loan from Spanish side Real Betis. According to The Daily Mail, Wolves and West Ham are battling for Camarasa.
The 24-year-old scored five goals and provided four assists for Cardiff last season. With a year’s experience in the Premier League, perhaps he could reach new heights at West Ham,