West Ham United may have added a couple of impressive faces to their squad this summer but more is needed.
West Ham have signed striker Sebastien Haller and exciting Spain star Pablo Fornals for a combined £69million.
But several departures mean Manuel Pellegrini’s net spend is just £24million. That leaves around £6million of the club’s reported £30million budget remaining.
Sales and signings needed
The likes of Reece Oxford, Jordan Hugill and possibly even Javier Hernandez could follow Pedro Obiang out of the West Ham exit door soon.
That could raise another £10-12 million or more. And West Ham need it as Pellegrini needs to address concerns in the fullback, defensive midfielder and second striker roles.
That should be enough to secure two players.
So could Pellegrini pull off a masterstroke by signing a player strongly linked in the last week, France fullback Djibril Sidibe.
Sidibe could kill two birds with one stone
According to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, West Ham are currently in talks to sign the Monaco full-back.
#West Ham et #Newcastle ont démarré des discussions avec l’AS Monaco pour #Sidibe ! D’autres clubs anglais ont sollicité l’AS Monaco pour l’international français ! Monaco lui a donné un bon de sortie.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 23, 2019
A top class operator and just 26, World Cup winner Sidibe perfectly fits West Ham’s new revamped transfer profile.
The Frenchman possesses real pace, and he attacks down the right hand flank with intent. In fact, he is just as useful going forward as he is defensively.
New role for Zabaleta?
And the signing could end up solving two problems for Pellegrini.
It would solve the fullback issue. Sidibe can operate both on the right and left side.
And it would free up Pablo Zabaleta to be used as defensive midfield cover instead.
Zabaleta is the same age as the man currently second in line to Declan Rice, Carlos Sanchez.
The 34-year-old is an infinitely better player too.
Zabaleta was used in a defensive midfield role by Pep Guardiola during his last season at Manchester City.
There is less running involved for the ageing Zabaleta which would suit him.
It would be a short-term fix until next summer when West Ham have more funds to go out and get a bona fide partner for Rice in central midfield.