Latest Transfer News: West Ham United
Posted by James Jones | Published on February 18, 2016
I’ll start with whats been confirmed this week, and that is Nikica Jelavic’s move away from the Premier League. After only moving to London in September, and scoring a couple of goals, Nikica has finalised his 5,050 mile move to second division Chinese side Beijing Renhe. The Chinese leagues have been in the media a lot recently throwing money around like it’s nothing while offering crazy wages in an attempt to secure some big names. It’s believed that we received a fee of around £2 million for Jelavic, which would see us make a small loss on the Croatian international.
It might seem early days to be talking about the summer transfer window, but with only a dozen or so games to go it’s not that far away. In what will be a very big transfer window for all Premier League clubs following the massive billion pound television deals, we can expect more big names swapping sunny Spain for the forever overcast England.
The first name that keeps popping up and looks like will be our main target in the summer transfer window will be the 22 year old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. A number of clubs are linked with the energetic forward who has been described to play like Romelu Lukaku, with Tottenham seemingly to be our main rivals in getting his signature. Despite the competition it’s been said the board are ready to “move heaven and earth” to see him playing in Claret and Blue, and ready to consider many options.
Staying in France and with Marseille, West Ham scouts have been attending a number of games at the Stade Velodrome in recent weeks watching another two potential signings. Nicolas Nkoulou the 25 year old Cameroonian defender and 21 year old French-Cameroonian winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou have been on the West Ham scouts radar recently. Including Michy Batshuayi, all 3 of the players mentioned have been impressing many teams and will almost definitely be snapped up in the summer by Premier League clubs.
Slaven Bilic is keen to allow a few more youngsters to go out on loan to gain experience before the end of the season. With the likes of Martin Samuelsen, Stephen Hendrie, Josh Cullen and Reece Burke impressing Bilic while currently out on loan to the likes of Peterborough, Bradford and Southend respectively we could see one or two more join lower league sides to gain experience from playing regular football at a competitive level.