West Ham United could face missing out on two midfield targets to Premier League rivals Manchester United and Everton.
West Ham have been fully focused on signing a striker most of the summer.
Manuel Pellegrini’s pursuit of Maxi Gomez and the likely record fee it could take to seal the deal has dominated West Ham’s transfer activity since the club confirmed the arrival of Pablo Fornals last month.
Report claimed Pellegrini wanted box-to-box midfielder
Talk before the summer was that Pellegrini wanted as many as six new signings at West Ham (Claret & Hugh).
One of those included a box-to-box midfielder to play alongside Delcan Rice.
Manchester City outcast Fabian Delph and Southampton central midfielder Mario Lemina were both linked to fill that role.
Pellegrini was plotting a reunion with Delph in East London after signing him for City (Football Insider).
Delph reunion was touted
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claimed the interest was genuine and lifted the lid on the three reasons Pellegrini is keen to sign Delph for a second time.
West Ham are currently “monitoring” the situation with England’s Fabian Delph. He was signed by Pellegrini for Manchester City and expected to leave them this summer. This would help with our home grown quota and provide a box to box midfield option and cover at left back. ⚒ pic.twitter.com/oCl7My8Lhd
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) May 25, 2019
Gossip columns have linked the former Juventus man with the East Londoners again this window.
But new reports suggest Everton and Manchester United have moved in on Delph and Lemina respectively.
According to Sky Sports Everton are one of a number of clubs looking to sign 29-year-old Delph.
The former Leeds and Villa midfielder has been told he can leave the Etihad this summer.
Has Pellegrini shelved targets to focus on striker?
Sky Sports News also reports that Manchester United have made an enquiry about signing Southampton midfielder Lemina.
The report claims Lemina has been given permission to speak to other clubs by Southampton. It comes after he was not included on the Saints’ pre-season training camp in Austria.