According to a report from the Telegraph, West Ham are still keen to sign Chelsea ace Ross Barkley on loan this summer.
David Moyes is working with one hand tied behind his back in the transfer market this summer.
David Sullivan admitted the other day that the club are unable to sign Moyes’s key targets because they are too expensive. Every other club around us in the table are strengthening. Meanwhile, we continue to stand still.
The Hammers boss desperately needs to bolster his defensive ranks. The additions of an established left-back, a commanding centre-back and a top-class right-back are badly needed at the London Stadium.
West Ham also need a new centre-forward.
And the desperate need to strengthen in those positions is somewhat overshadowing our deficiencies in central midfield.
If Declan Rice leaves or gets injured and Tomas Soucek misses a sustained period of games, we will be in real trouble.
The Telegraph reckon that the Hammers are eyeing a loan swoop for Chelsea star Ross Barkley in order to help address that particular issue. And Frank Lampard is allegedly willing to let him leave Stamford Bridge this summer, having already spent heavily.
Barkley joined Chelsea from the Toffees in January 2018, for a fee believed to be worth £15 million (BBC).
The 26-year-old racked one goal and four assists in 21 Premier League appearances for the Blues last season. In those outings, he averaged 1.9 shots and 1.1 key passes per game. The England international made 29.4 passes on average per match during those outings and registered an incredibly impressive 89% completion rate (Who Scored).
On his day, Barkley can be a real difference maker. And he would be an excellent addition for West Ham, if we manage to get a deal over the line for him.
His £120k-a-week wages (Telegraph) could represent somewhat of a problem, however.