West Ham United now allegedly want to sign Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Wendel in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to a report from Globo Esporte who claim that the Hammers and Arsenal are both chasing the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.

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West Ham boss David Moyes has already strengthened his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium with the £12 million signing of Flynn Downes from Swansea City (The Sun).

It could be argued that the Scot needs to make a further addition to his engine room, however, with Mark Noble having retired and Alex Kral’s loan move unsurprisingly not being made permanent.

Tomas Soucek’s future at the London Stadium is also allegedly up in the air.

West Ham are reportedly eyeing a move to sign Wendel
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And it seems as though Moyes has a plan up his sleeve to really bolster his central midfield department this summer…

West Ham eyeing Wendel swoop

According to a report from Globo Esporte, the Hammers are keen to sign the 24-year-old Brazilian but we could face strong competition from Arsenal for his signature.

The midfielder joined Zenit from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2020 for around €20 million (£17 million) according to a report from Be Soccer.

He could be on his way out of Zenit with the ongoing issues in Russia and Ukraine.

We believe that Wendel would be a very good acquisition for West Ham.

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The South American is an orthodox central midfielder by trade but he can also operate further forward or even in the deep-lying role. In truth, he’s best when performing the box-to-box role.

Wendel is a very good passer of the football, has good vision and is a very impressive dribbler (Who Scored).

The 24-year-old would certainly provide very strong competition and cover for Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Flynn Downes.

Quite how much Zenit will demand for the Brazilian ace remains to be seen.

However, if West Ham could sign Wendel for around £17 million or even less, we think he would be a very good addition indeed for us.

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