West Ham could make a shock move to sign Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique according to club insiders Claret and Hugh.
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Hammers boss David Moyes may well be on the look-out for a new centre-back after Angelo Ogbonna’s recent injury.
We have to say though, if West Ham are to sign a centre-back, Moyes will probably target a young, up and coming player.
Ogbonna will be 34 by the time he returns to action whilst Craig Dawson will be 32 before the end of the current season.
West Ham chasing Gerard Pique?
Claret and Hugh reckons that the 102-capped Spain international is on the Hammers’ radar ahead of the January transfer window.
Now, we just cannot see this one happening. There are three main reasons why this one just seems like nothing more than agent talk.
Firstly, Pique is 34. He’ll be 35 in February. He would surely find it incredibly hard to move to the ferociously paced Premier League from La Liga at this stage of his career.
Secondly, the Spaniard is right-footed. If Moyes is going to bring in a centre-back in January, he will surely bet targeting a left footed defender in order to find a long-term replacement for Ogbonna.
And thirdly, Pique earns around £210k-a-week according to FC Barcelona Latest News.
There is absolutely no way that West Ham will be paying out those kind of wages and certainly not for a player who is in the twilight years of his career.
Don’t get me wrong, Pique would be an exceptional short-term addition for West Ham.
And we would love the Spaniard at the London Stadium.
Unfortunately, a transfer would not be fiscally possible for the Hammers. There are plenty of other centre-backs out there with youth on their side anyway. And those with high ceilings are the ones who Moyes should be targeting.