West Ham United have been linked with a move for Lille holding midfielder Thiago Mendes.
West Ham have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market this summer, spending over £90 million on seven players.
That included the club record capture of Brazilian forward Felipe Anderson for £40 million from Lazio.
And according to reports in the likes of The Times over the weekend West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to make Anderson’s compatriot Thiago Mendes his eighth capture of a busy transfer window.
Now a new report from French outlet L’Equipe claims the Hammers are ‘expected to concretely position themselves in the coming hours’ after Lazio and Wolfsburg made offers of around £15 million for the 26-year-old Mendes.
West Ham have plenty of attacking talent in their ranks after the acquisitions of Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere adding to Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez while defender Fabian Balbuena offers a goal threat from set pieces and Ryan Fredericks brings blistering pace on the counter attack.
A move for Mendes would address that issue and give the Hammers a more solid look after some shaky defensive showings so far in pre-season.
At 26, Mendes would also be an infinitely better option than 35-year-old Yaya Toure with whom the Hammers have also been linked (The Sun).
Anything the Lille midfielder lacks in experience compared to Toure he would surely make up for with hunger and desire to prove himself on the big stage.