West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is focused on landing a striker but it wasn’t that long ago he wanted a fullback.

Ahead of the summer window fellow West Ham website Claret & Hugh, who claims to have a top source at the club, said Pellegrini wanted six signings this summer.

One of those was believed to be a fullback.

Two goalkeepers and exciting midfielder Pablo Fornals have been added.

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Pellegrini transfer business dictated by striker chase

West Ham are desperate to sign at least one striker.

The Chilean reportedly ditched plans for a new left-back so he could focus his limited budget up front.

But there was talk too of a new right-back being needed. That was until Ryan Fredericks finally found some form after a torrid debut season.

The player himself urged Pellegrini not to sign another right back this summer, read full story here.


Another typically nervy display from Fredericks in West Ham’s pre-season friendly win over Altach has reignited fears over his ability to perform consistently at the top level.

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Veltman link emerges

Fredericks’ performance has also been followed by new transfer links to Ajax star Joel Veltman (Daily Mail).

The 27-year-old right-back, who can also play centre-back, has told Ajax he wants a new challenge having spent his entire senior career in Amsterdam.

Veltman only has 12 months left on his contract so would not command an astronomical fee.

The rumours may seem like the usual West Ham transfer speculation raffle.

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Transfer rumour raffle or mistrust of Fredericks?

But in context they could just as likely suggest Pellegrini is not comfortable with Fredericks as his main man in that position.

Of course he has the experienced Pablo Zabaleta as back-up for another year.

The chance of signing an international of Veltman’s pedigree could prove too big an opportunity to miss for West Ham, though.

Pellegrini’s first priority will surely be a striker. If he can get someone with room to spare in his budget, it could spell bad news for Fredericks.

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