The Hammers have struck a nice blow. Last season, the London club finished in a beautiful and surprising sixth place in the Premier League. Under the leadership of David Moyes, who was awarded an extension until 2025 on June 12, West Ham therefore intends to continue its momentum and forge a competitive team. The number one goal will be to retain the best people who are deservedly courted. First, Declan Rice (22), coveted by Chelsea.
And if the Englishman refuses to extend his lease, the Hammers are rather quiet since his lease extends until 2024. Same thing for Jarrod Bowen (24 years old). Linked to Londoners until 2025, he is on Liverpool’s shortlist. Less used than his teammates, Issa Diop (24) is on the shelves of Wolverhampton, Crystal Palace and Southampton. A start is not impossible for the Frenchman, who would emulate Felipe Anderson who joined Lazio Rome.
Hammers like made in L1
But this summer, it is especially the arrivals that shake the club behind the scenes. Indeed, West Ham, which recently turned down a takeover offer, wants to strengthen itself. In addition to a return of Jesse Lingard, successfully loaned last winter by Man Utd, the club is exploring the French market. As revealed on our site, Alphonse Areola has been approached. Under contract until 2023, he does not enter into the plans of PSG who want to sell him.
The only problem is that the British team want to obtain a loan with an option to buy. The positions were distant the last I heard. At the same time, West Ham also surveyed Sam Johnstone (28), WBA goalkeeper, a team relegated to the Championship. In its defense, the club of the English capital looks on the side of the Olympique de Marseille. The profile of Duje Caleta-Car (24 years old) is appreciated. But we have to deal with the competition from Naples on this issue. A French is also targeted.
The English follow undesirable Barça too
Indeed, it is Clément Lenglet (26), whom Barça wants to get rid of to replenish its funds. Especially since the Culés recruited Eric Garcia. But the international tricolor is rather in the optics to fight for his place and to convince Ronald Koeman. Finally, in attack, the name of Gaëtan Laborde (27) has been linked to the Hammers. He had already been the subject of an offer from them last January, but he ultimately stayed.
This summer, the Frenchman admitted that he wanted to leave Montpellier and take up a new challenge. Besides West Ham, Zenit is also seduced. Like Laborde, a former Ligue 1 is also tracked. This is Martin Braithwaite (30). The former TFC has been placed on the list of undesirable at Barça, where there is a traffic jam in the offensive sector. Not necessarily for a start, the Dane is targeted. Brighton and Wolverhampton are also studying his case. Summer promises to be hot in West Ham!