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Transfer budget reality as report claims West Ham want experienced Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons on loan

West Ham United have been linked with all and sundry of late belying the club’s reported £40million transfer budget.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was handed a £30million kitty at the start of the window.

That has been boosted to the tune of £10million by the sales of Lucas Perez and Edimilson Fernandes.

But that has not stopped the transfer rumour mill from whirring.

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Gonalons gone on loans?

The weekend was a busy one. According to speculation West Ham were linked with over £120 million worth of talent.

Amid the various reports from all corners of the globe there was perhaps a dose of reality from France overnight.

That’s after L’Equipe reported that 30-year-old French defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons is a target for West Ham.

The respected French outlet claims Gonalons will not be remaining at Sevilla next season having been on loan there last term from Roma.

The French international has had injury problems in recent seasons.

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Cheap option makes sense given budget restrictions

Cynical West Ham fans would say that instantly makes the link to their club more credible.

But the crucial element in the report is that this could be a loan deal.

Pellegrini is not a fan of loans. But this summer he may have little choice if he cannot shift enough of the deadwood from his squad to raise sufficient funds to land his top targets.

Gonalons is still under contract for another two seasons with Roma.

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Experienced star would free up cash for elsewhere

And L’Equipe say he will once again be loaned out by the Italian giants next season with West Ham ‘currently in contact’.

Premier League rivals Everton are also linked with an interest.

The former Lyon captain is vastly experienced spending most of his career so far fighting for titles and playing in the Champions League with Lyon and Roma.

Gonalons is the latest midfielder to be linked as Pellegrini seeks to sign two players in that area of the pitch this summer.

He is also said to want two strikers and a defender before the window shuts in early August.

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