West Ham want to sign Charles Aranguiz from Bayer Leverkusen, according to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee.
Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 6th November), Ex told fans that Aranguiz is a January target. West Ham want to snap the Chile international up with a bargain deal.
Aranguiz is out of contract next summer, making him a free agent at the end of this season. The 30-year-old has played 12 games this season for Bayer Leverkusen and has racked up over 100 appearances for the German side since his 2015 move to Europe.
Same old West Ham?
West Ham fans have been discussing this transfer link on social media. Quite a few have recalled comments made by the board in the recent past. This referred to the fact that West Ham would no longer be signing older players with little sell-on value.
The Aranguiz rumours seem to suggest West Ham are going back on their word already. Manuel Pellegrini wants his fellow countryman at West Ham as a box-to-box midfielder. And given that he will not cost much, the board is likely to back him.
Here are some tweets about Aranguiz.
Not the first time Pellegrini’s tried to sign him for us but he wasn’t keen. Sadly this is another move motivated by the fact he’d be cheap. He fits the bill of what we need, can play in either Noble or Rice’s position but at 30 he’s not the long term Noble replacement we need!
— Irons In The Fire (@I_I_T_F) November 6, 2019
To take us to the next level?
— Sonny🔨 (@SONNYWHU10) November 7, 2019
Another old man
— Linqueur (@Linqueur) November 7, 2019
If he was any good or good enough he would have a contract wouldn’t he.
— ⚒Forever West Ham⚒ (@Harrycass11) November 7, 2019
I’m sure the board said something about being done with signing players who are 30+??
Now we’re linked with Aránguiz and Giroud.
Sullivan can’t get away from old & cheap. He needs to invest in young, hungry & fit players… if they do it well we’ll reap the rewards when we sell.
— Kris Johnson (@kjohno10) November 7, 2019
Next level 🙄
— Jamie Wilkins ⚒ (@jamiewilkins24) November 7, 2019