Manuel Pellegrini is in the process of putting together a new-look defence at West Ham, but it looks as if he wants more.

Gary Cahill is still Chelsea’s club captain but Maurizio Sarri’s switch to a four at the back has severely limited his gametime.

That has reportedly alerted West Ham over the prospect of bringing the 32-year-old across London.

What’s the latest?

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The Daily Mirror report that Pellegrini is taking a look at the out of favour Cahill; and that he has the support of the Hammers board if he does decide to swoop.

The Englishman will be on big wages but that may be offset by the fact his contract is expiring next summer; a cut-price deal may appeal to the notoriously thrifty board.

 

The report claims that Cahill has acknolwedged he may have to move on in order to secure first team football.

At 32, he has wound down his England career to focus on his club form, so he wants to be playing somewhere. It is easy to see how moving across London may appeal, also.

Youth is needed

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As tempting as it may be to reach for a player as experienced as Cahill, youth and dynamism is needed at the heart of the Hammers defence these days.

Cahill is an able defender but he struggles with quick attackers these days; with Pellegrini preferring an aggressive high line, he would be exposed.

Winston Reid can offer experience when he returns from injury. Cahill would be an expensive mistake.

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