Talk of West Ham United being in the running for Alexis Sanchez has legs according to a new report.
Many West Ham fans wrote off talk of the Hammers weighing up a move for the Inter Milan star as fake news.
It came after a report from Italian website FC Inter News linked West Ham with an ambitious move for the Manchester United flop in the next transfer window.
The 31-year-old joined United from Arsenal in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018.
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But things did not work out as expected and he was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan last summer.
West Ham have struggled after a bright start to the season and were involved in a relegation battle threatening to go down to the wire before the enforced break.
Much of their woes can be put down to the team’s attacking players failing to fire. Record £45million signing Sebastien Haller has not taken to the lone striker role with just seven goals all season.
At the weekend Claret & Hugh quoted a ‘senior inside source’ at West Ham when revealing the focus was on signing a striker partner to get the best out of Haller.
Then emerged the claims from FC Inter News that West Ham want Sanchez.
Now a new report from The Daily Mail has suggested the speculation has legs.
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The report claims West Ham’s interest is very real and the East Londoners have even sounded out his agent for discussions.
The Daily Mail also suggests that David Moyes is Sanchez’s “best bet” of resurrecting his flagging career.
“A shock summer transfer to struggling West Ham, and a return to London two-and-a-half years on from leaving Arsenal, may be the lifeline Sanchez needs to salvage a career that threatens to end in ignominy,” The Daily Mail reports.
“It may seem unlikely, but in fellow Manchester United flop David Moyes may rest Sanchez’s best chance of reviving a career that has flatlined since leaving north London in January 2018.
“The most notable achievement of Moyes’ first spell at the London Stadium between November 2017 and May 2018 was the performances he drew from the talented but erratic Marko Arnautovic.
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“Giving him a central attacking role, the Austrian was pivotal in securing safety for the Hammers and demonstrated Moyes’ underrated man-management skills. Should Moyes find a similar way of helping Sanchez rediscover something approaching his best, then both player and club will benefit immensely.”
The report also suggests that Sanchez will relish being the big fish in a smaller pond again at West Ham.
His huge £400,000 per week wages will obviously be an issue, as is his age.
The 31-year-old does not exactly fit Moyes’s recruitment philosophy to build a new-look West Ham around young, hungry players (whufc.com).
But with the futures of Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Albian Ajeti in doubt there looks set to be big savings on the wage bill.
Plus the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez leaving is set to free up another £120,000 per week in wages.