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Report: West Ham plotting bargain deal for Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy

West Ham United are interested in signing Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy according to a report from the Daily Mail.

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The Hammers could face competition from the likes of Celtic, Burnley and Bournemouth for the midfielder’s signature, however.

David Moyes is in the midst of a frantic search for a new striker.

Sebastien Haller left the London Stadium for Ajax two weeks ago leaving Michail Antonio as West Ham’s only recognised senior centre-forward.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Signing an established striker should be the Hammers’ absolute priority this month.

Hopefully Moyes understands the need to add another central midfielder to his ranks as well, however.

Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have forged a wonderful partnership in the middle of the park.

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West Ham to address lack of cover in midfield by signing James McCarthy?

David Moyes has little to call upon aside from Declan and Tomas in the middle of the park. Mark Noble is an option of course but he is well past his best.

The Daily Mail reckons West Ham could look to solve that problem by signing Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy.

The 30-year-old could be available on a bargain fee this month, with his contract at Selhurst Park set to expire in the summer.

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If we’re being honest, however, signing McCarthy would be somewhat of a sideways step.

The 42-capped Republic of Ireland international is a hard-working midfielder but he desperately lacks any kind of real quality.

The potential of signing him for a bargain fee this month is clearly what is attracting the West Ham owners.

Roy Hodgson will certainly not want to lose James McCarthy for nothing in the summer and will almost certainly be prepared to cash in on him for next to nothing before the transfer window slams shut this month.

As a football club, however, West Ham could and should be doing a whole lot better than the Irishman.

Moyes has openly admitted that he wants to bring talented young and hungry players to the London Stadium in an effort to change the culture of the club.

And James McCarthy clearly doesn’t fit into that category.

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