West Ham United have turned their attention to AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and have placed a £16 million offer for the Colombian frontman, according to The Daily Mail.
The Hammers are in the market for a new number nine this summer that will spearhead their move to the Olympic Stadium, but have found attempts to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Michy Batshuayi and Callum Wilson unsuccessful.
Bacca is a proven marksman in European football, with an enviable scoring record at former club Sevilla in their profession domestically and in the Europa League.
The South American forward moved to Milan last summer and was a rare bright spark for an under-performing Rossoneri in Serie A.
The report suggests that Milan want to hold out for £20 million for Bacca, but that the Hammers have more of a chance of landing him than with other targets, with every chance the Colombian could be the marquee striker that the club have been looking for.
West Ham’s hopes of winning the race to resign Michael Carrick this summer have taken a hit, with The Guardian claiming that Manchester United have offered the veteran a one-year deal to remain at Old Trafford.
The experienced midfielder is out of contract this summer and a scramble for his services was being touted as uncertainty over his future at United ruled the roost.
The Hammers were being linked with making an approach for the pass-master in an attempt to reunite Carrick with his boyhood club.
This would offer Slaven Bilic additional options in the heart of his midfield and provide a cost-effective solution to Alex Song’s loan stint at the club coming to an end.
However, despite a managerial change at Old Trafford, the latest report suggests that United want to keep Carrick for 12 more months and have offered the England international a new deal as such.
Braithwaite has enjoyed a rather successful campaign on a personal level, scoring 11 league goals for Toulouse. The club struggled for the majority of the campaign and survived by a singe point thanks to the attacking threat of both Braitwaite and teammate Wissam Ben Yedder, who is also attracting interest from the Hammers.
Blessed with pace, good dribbling skills and finishing, it’s no surprise that Braithwaite has been used in a variety of attacking positions this season. Although his playing style is similar to that of a number 10’s, he has been used as Toulouse’s main striker for the majority of the season, with Ben Yedder playing just off him.
He can hold up play as well as having the intelligence and attacking knowhow to play on the shoulder of the last defender.
His agent Mark McKay has worked with the club before, helping the Hammers bring star man Dimitri Payet to the club last summer. He has brought a host of players over from Ligue 1 and Braithwaite could be the latest player to make the move.
For £3 million, Braithwaite could be an excellent second-striker option and his versatility will appeal to Slaven Bilic with more of a congested fixture list expected next season.
West Ham United are not dubbed ‘The Academy of Football’ for nothing.
The latest player that has made a real impact since emerging from the academy is teenage sensation Reece Oxford. Unfortunately for the Hammers, it looks as if a number of clubs have noticed his ability as well and the speculation surrounding his departure from the club has been huge considering the transfer window has not even opened for the summer yet.
Worse yet, Jose Mourinho has now officially lodged a bid of around £15 million for the England U19 international according to ExWHUemployee. This is a big fee for a player that has only a handful of Premier league appearances and is still only 17 years-old.
The Hammers have let some big players leave in the past; the likes of Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Jermaine Defoe, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick were all young prospects who departed the club too early from a West Ham perspective. The club are in a much healthier position to keep hold of their best youth players now so it would be a big step backwards for the player to depart the club. The Hammers also snapped up highly rated Domingos Quina recently so it seems strange to then sell another talented youngster when we are trying to develop that particular area of the club.
There has been a lot of talk about fans saying we should cash in on Oxford for £15 million. This is a bit of a peculiar mindset as Oxford is one of the most talented teenagers in English football and he could be worth 3 times that amount in a few years, just look at John Stones.
The only big issue is whether the player wants to depart the club. I can’t imagine Slaven Bilic telling Oxford that he is not going to be in his plans this season. Bilic started Oxford against Arsenal and it was a master stroke, he clearly rates the young defender and with a possible Europa League campaign taking place, it’s the perfect platform to develop Oxford. However, if the defender has been told that he won’t play next season, it’s very easy to adopt a ‘grass is greener’ approach at such a young age and the lure of Manchester United will always be able to turn heads.
Jose Mourinho is not the best manager at bringing through young players and giving them a chance. Under Bilic, Oxford would have more of an opportunity to develop as the manager would have more faith in him. He has the ability already, now he just needs to be managed effectively to turn into the best player he can be. If the Hammers can encourage Oxford to focus on his football alongside a healthy new contract, he will feel valued by the club and ultimately commit to the Hammers.
There is not a huge gap between Manchester United and West Ham any more. Too many times have we seen the fruits of the academy blossom elsewhere. Now is the time to move forward as a club so it’s vital we keep hold of our best players, no matter how young they are or how much development they may need.
West Ham United have made a concrete offer to bring Dutch right-back Gregory van der Wiel to the club this summer but the defender is also considering proposals from Monaco and Roma, according to Get Football News France.
The Netherlands international is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and will not be offered a new deal by the French champions after falling out of favour with Laurent Blanc.
Van der Wiel is an experienced and able operator with a wealth of experience playing in both the Champions League and in international football.
With the Dutchman available on a free transfer, it is expected that a host of teams will make the full-back an offer to sign for them this summer.
Right-back is an area of concern for the Clarets this summer, with Michail Antonio having to fill in at the back this term as Slaven Bilic was left short of options in the position.
West Ham are one of the teams interested in signing Valencia attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli this summer, according to Knees Up Mother Brown.
Beefing up the team’s attacking options is a major priority for the Hammers this summer, with a new prolific striker on the wishlist and an able winger also a request.
Feghouli is a technically superb operator who has impressed for the Mestalla outfit and for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup.
However, the African playmaker has fallen out of favour at Valencia and is widely expected to leave the Spanish side this summer – with his contract running down at the La Liga club.
Signing Feghouli would be an interesting move for Slaven Bilic’s men and add yet another creative midfielder to the club’s ranks ahead of what is set to be a momentous campaign as the club move to the Olympic Stadium for 2016-17.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Fenerbahce are all supposed interested in the Algerian also.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is committed to signing West Ham forward Diafra Sakho this summer and will offer £10 million for the attacker’s services, according to The Daily Mail.
The former Hammers boss kept the Wearside outfit in the top flight last term and is excepted to be handed a considerable amount of money to spend this summer.
Allardyce brought Sakho to English football and knows better than most what the versatile striker is capable of when fit and firing.
The African attacker’s future at West Ham is up in the air following a reported bust-up with Slaven Bilic, where Sakho believed he was set to start against Arsenal but the nod was instead given to Andy Carroll.
As such, the forward is repeatedly being linked with an exit from the Boleyn Ground side, with the Hammers eager to sign at least one new striker this summer anyway as a possible high-profile replacement.
West Ham United’s attacking talisman Dimitri Payet has committed himself to the club and poured cold water on rumblings he could leave the Hammers this summer, in great news to the supporters.
The France international has had an inspired first season in English football after moving to the London club from Marseille last summer.
Payet was rightly voted the club’s Player of the Year and made it into the final PFA shortlist for his stunning performances also.
However, the 29-year-old’s excellent showings for the Clarets have seen him linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Despite this, Payet has stated that a new contract that he signed with Slaven Bilic’s men relatively recently shows his commitment to the club and that he is most likely to be with the Hammers next season.
“The media are sending me everywhere. I currently have no contact with any other club,” Eurosport quote Payet as saying.
“I signed a long deal with West Ham. I should probably remain there next season.”
West Ham have stated they will not sell any of their best players this summer.
West Ham United are willing to fork out £11.4 million to land Juventus star Roberto Pereyra this summer, according to Tuttosport.
The Hammers are in the market for reinforcements before moving to the Olympic Stadium next term and have been linked with a host of attacking players in recent weeks.
Pereyra is said to be one of the names that Slaven Bilic wants to add to his squad over the off-season, with Juventus reportedly willing to part company with the Argentine should the right offer arise.
The latest report suggests that the London side are preparing an offer of £11.4 million, which they hope will be enough to convince the Italian champions to part company with the Argentine midfielder.
Pereyra has impressed when given a chance in Turin but struggles to play regularly due to the array of talent at Max Allegri’s disposal in midfield.
The Argentine is an attacking midfielder and as such would add to the creative talent in the West Ham ranks.