West Ham Closing In On Premier League Duo Whilst Chasing Javier Hernández

West Ham Closing In On Premier League Duo Whilst Chasing Javier Hernández
Jul 12, 2017

News Transfer Rumours West Ham

West Ham have had a slow and frustrating start to the transfer window. The Irons have only signed one player, and have lost out on getting the signatures of a few players already, most notably Henry Onyekuru and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Since, West Ham have moved on to make their main targets Javier Hernández, from Bayer Leverkusen, and Marko Arnautović, from Stoke City. The club expect to make more progress on the deals in the next week.

It is being reported that West Ham have had a second bid for Arnautović rejected with the amount of money said to be turned down in the region of £17m, with some outlets also reporting that a bid of up to £20m has been rejected. West Ham are expected to make a third bid for Arnautović in the range of £20m-£25m. This third bid is the most likely to be accepted as it is rumoured that Stoke have put a £20m price tag on the Austrian winger.

The Hammers are also very keen on signing Mexican striker Javier Hernández. This deal has been in the works for a few weeks now, as the player and the club are still negotiating a contract. It is being reported that Hernández is now demanding a whopping £150k p/w to sign for West Ham after it was previously reported that he only wanted to maintain the £125k p/w that he is currently on at Bayer Leverkusen. West Ham are only willing to pay £90k p/w with clauses that could end up making the wage as high as £140k p/w. The club is still confident that they can sign the 29-year-old, but it may take some time.

West Ham are also interested in a few other players, these players aren’t as big targets for the club as Hernández and Arnautovic. The first of these players being England International, Joe Hart. As recently as yesterday morning, it looked as if West Ham was the likely destination for the goalkeeper this season, as reports were suggesting the Hammers would sign him on a one-year loan in the next few days.

However, an unnamed Premier League club has entered the race for Hart, and are willing to sign him on a permanent deal. The club only want to sign him on loan, which will make it extremely hard to convince City to let him come on loan to West Ham, rather than selling Hart permanently. West Ham are also interested in Barcelona winger Munir, who the club have bid £9m for. Barcelona are asking for £12.5m. Munir is a fast, tricky winger that Bilic and the board have wanted all summer.

Recently, West Ham looked set to sign Badou Ndiaye from Osmanlıspor, but it is now being reported that the signing was never as close as the media made it out to be. The club is still interested in signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, but the club isn’t confident that a deal can be done as there is a lot of competition, and the player seems like he wants to stay at Arsenal.

Another striker the Irons are interested in is Islam Slimani. Slimani would be signed to be a second striker, and wouldn’t be the marquee signing of Hernández would be if he were to sign. Another striker the club is interested in to fill the back-up striker role is Andre Gray. Bilic and the board are confident that we will be able to sign him, Robert Snodgrass could be used as a part of the deal.

Lastly, it is only a matter of time until Sofiane Feghouli leaves the club for Galatasaray. Feghouli is apparently on the second highest wages at the club, so although a good player, it is for the best that West Ham sell him to free up those wages. Selling Feghouli could go a long way to signing both Hernández and Arnautović as it will free up enough wages to be able to pay them both close to what they want. Jonathan Calleri has also joined Spanish club Las Palmas after his disaster of a loan spell at West Ham this past season. Enner Valencia is also finalising his move to Tigres.

  1. Erin O'Rourke says:

    I’m a huge West Ham fan and I didn’t know any of this. Thanks Mr Coogan for your post

  2. Thanks Mr Coogan. Great insight. Post more please

  3. Steve Coogan says:

    Coogan. Looking forward to ur next story. Great work.

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