West Ham have the chance to make some spectacular signings in the summer transfer window without spending a penny.
Hammers boss David Moyes will have to oversee a huge overhaul amongst the playing staff at the London Stadium this summer.
Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko are due to be out of contract at the end of the season whilst Mark Noble is set to retire.
Meanwhile, Alex Kral will almost certainly be sent back to Spartak Moscow whilst Issa Diop, Darren Randolph, Arthur Masuaku and even Said Benrahma could be sold (Peter O’Rourke via Give Me Sport and Claret and Hugh).
At the very least, Moyes needs to sign a striker, one or two centre-backs, a couple of central midfielders, an attacking midfielder who can also operate on either wing and a left-back in the summer.
Considering the sheer volume of signings needed, the West Ham owners will have to be prepared to spend big. There is a way where Moyes will be able to strengthen in a cost-effective manner though…
West Ham can make some great free signings this summer
Moyes will undoubtedly spend some cash on an elite striker and a centre-back.
But in order to further beef out his squad with some quality signings, the Scot may well need to look into the free agent market.
And there are plenty of options out there available…
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international is a highly energetic, powerful and pacy full-back.
In 25 Ligue 1 outings this season, Konas has bagged one goal and three assists. During those appearances, the Ivorian has averaged 1.3 tackles, one interception and and 1.4 clearances per match (Who Scored).
Konan seems to possess all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League and would provide terrific competition and cover for Aaron Cresswell at the London Stadium.
The 29-year-old Burnley defender would be a strong addition for the Hammers.
He is strong in the air and is a real threat from set-pieces. The 29-year-old is a tenacious tackler and his playing style is somewhat of a throwback to days gone by. He’s perfectly suited to the way in which Moyes expects his centre-backs to operate.
What an incredible signing the 28-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach ace would be for West Ham, especially on a free transfer!
He has played 25 Bundesliga games for Gladbach this season. During those outings, the 28-year-old has averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3 clearances per game. He’s also won an average of 2.9 aerial duels per match (Who Scored).
Ginter has made 67.2 passes on average per game and has recorded a completion rate of 83.6% (Who Scored). He can play at centre-back and in defensive midfield as well.
The Marseille ace is a special, special talent and he is one of the few players on the planet who could actually replace Declan Rice if the unthinkable does happen and he ends up leaving the London Stadium.
The Marseille defensive midfielder would undoubtedly take us to another level entirely. He is a quite brilliant young player and Milan Reports describe the Frenchman as a ‘sensational’ talent.
In 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille this season, Kamara has averaged two tackles and 1.2 interceptions per match. He’s made 65.6 passes on average per game and has recorded an incredibly successful completion rate of 90.1% (Who Scored).
The 22-year-old is energetic, dynamic and would add some much needed athleticism and bite to West Ham’s central midfield ranks.
The 29-year-old bagged nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games for West Ham last season. He was integral to the way in which we counter-attacked with pace as a team.
David Moyes loved Lingard and we have certainly missed him this season.
His availability on a free transfer means that the Hammers will undoubtedly be in for him in the summer.
The 28-year-old Torino striker has a proven track record of scoring goals at the very highest level for a sustained period of time.
The 41-capped Italy international has bagged 155 goals in 385 career games at club level (Transfermarkt).
Belotti is an incredibly hard-working forward. He possesses superb movement and is always a real handful for opposing defenders. The Torino ace certainly knows where the back of the net is as well.
All of those six players would be great additions to the Hammers squad at the end of the season.
And if West Ham can make those six free signings in the summer, Moyes will have plenty of cash available to make a couple of marquee additions as well.