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Pole position: West Ham leading the race to sign four-time league champion

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West Ham are believed to be in pole position to complete the signing of a four-time league winner in the summer transfer window, according to a new update.

Hammers supporters have every right to feel excited heading into the new season, with Julen Lopetegui replacing David Moyes in the London Stadium hot seat, bringing a freshness to proceedings.

Max Kilman and Luis Guilherme are among the signings who have already joined West Ham this summer, representing two exciting pieces of business, and now another name has emerged as a rumoured option.

According to a new report from Caught Offside, the east Londoners are the current favourites to sign Ajax defender Josip Sutalo in the near future.

It is claimed that the 24-year-old “is of interest” to Lopetegui’s side, and that “it’s understood that West Ham are leading the race because of their recent dealings with the Dutch giants”, having signed Edson Alvarez and Mohammed Kudus from the Dutch giants.

Fulham and Brighton are also thought to be targeting a move for Sutalo ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, but they appear to be behind their Premier League rivals in the race currently.

West Ham may have already brought in Kilman from Wolves, which immediates boosts Lopetegui’s centre-back options, but Sutalo could also be an excellent addition.

The defender is a strong all-round player capable of shining on and off the ball, as a 91.8% pass completion rate and average of 2.5 aerial duel wins per game in the Eredivisie last season highlight. He also started three matches for Croatia at Euro 2024.

Sutalo is someone who has picked up a great winning mentality in his career, too, having won four league titles with Dinamo Zagreb, and his peak years are still likely to be ahead of him.

A new-look central defensive pairing of Kilman and Sutalo could be an exciting prospect for West Ham supporters, especially with uncertainty surrouding the futures of current Hammers pair Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd.

Squad depth is essential, however, so even if they both stay put, or one of them for that matter, snapping up the Ajax man is a no-brainer.

 

Fabrizio Romano: West Ham in danger of losing huge player after fresh approach

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West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta is wanted by Brazilian side Flamengo, with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming a loan move could be on the cards in the near future.

The 26-year-old has been a fantastic player for the Hammers, not only providing elite quality in the middle of the park, but also working tirelessly off the ball, proving to be a great team player.

Sadly, betting allegations have halted Paqueta greatly in his prime, with rumours of a long ban from the game reportedly coming his way, acting as a major blow for West Ham.

Taking to X on Thursday morning, Romano said that Flamengo are interested in signing the Brazil international on loan this summer, sealing a return to his homeland in the process:

“Flamengo have approached West Ham to sign Lucas Paquetá on loan. Negotiations are ongoing on clubs’ side. Player’s camp also been informed of Flamengo desire to sign Paqueta, as @venecasagrande reported. Flamengo plan to insist on this deal in the next days.”

Meanwhile, a report from Caught Offside states that “talks are ongoing over this possible move, with West Ham ready to let Paqueta go.”

It is such a shame to see what has happened with Paqueta, in terms of his off-field issues, and it does feel increasingly as though a summer exit from the London Stadium is on the cards.

There have been few midfielders in recent years to have possessed such brilliance in that area of the pitch, with 27 goal contributions (13 goals and 14 assists) in 84 appearances coming his way for West Ham since arriving from Lyon back in 2022, while Emerson Palmieri has said of him:

“He’s a player who creates a lot, but also works very hard for us in defence. His positional awareness is second to none. I had the pleasure of playing with him in Lyon too. He’s a craque (an ace) and he’s always got a smile on his face!”

If Julen Lopetegui feels that now is the right time to let go of Paqueta, however, due to the much-publicised betting problems, the Hammers’ new manager needs to be trusted.

In an ideal world, though, these allegations would blow over and the midfielder ace would remain in east London for many years to come.

West Ham “seriously interested” in signing international striker as En-Nesyri alternative

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West Ham are “seriously interested” in signing Lille striker Jonathan David as an alternative to Youssef En-Nesyri, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg.

It would be a huge surprise if the Hammers didn’t bolster their attacking options before the start of next season, with more firepower needed moving forward.

The Julen Lopetegui era at the London Stadium threatens to be an exciting one, with the Spaniard coming in as a manager with Europa League-winning pedigree, but he will surely see the need to bring in a prolific striker.

Sevilla ace En-Nesyri continues to be linked with a move to West Ham in the summer transfer window, with the Moroccan thought to be keen on heading there, but now a fresh update has emerged.

Taking to X on Tuesday, Plettenberg claimed that both the Hammers and Chelsea are “seriously interested” in completing the signing of Lille star David in the current window:

“Chelsea and West Ham are seriously interested in Jonathan David. #CFC have inquired about the 24 y/o top striker from Lille in recent days. #WHUFC have also gathered information. He’s also on the shortlist of ManUtd. A move to the Premier League is currently the most likely.

“David, on the verge to leave Lille this summer with one year left on his contract. Price valuation at this stage: €20-25m!”

David represents a fantastic alternative to En-Nesyri for West Ham this summer, having already achieved so much in his career, despite still only being 24 years of age.

He has a superb record at international level, scoring 26 goals in 48 caps for Canada, and he also has a tally of 84 strikes in 183 outings for Lille, showing how relentless he is in the final third.

David is three years younger than En-Nesyri, and arguably has a higher long-term ceiling, so if West Ham can strike a deal for him instead of the Sevilla attacker, it could be a better piece of business over time.

Pipping Chelsea to the Canadian’s signature may not be easy, however, due to the wages the Hammers’ London rivals could offer him, but he will hopefully want to be part of a potentially exciting period under Lopetegui.

West Ham interested in completing signing of La Liga champion this summer

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West Ham are interested in completing the signing of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet in the summer transfer window, a fresh update from Spain has claimed.

The Hammers could look to improve their defensive options ahead of next season, with Julen Lopetegui taking charge and looking to make an immediate impact after coming in for David Moyes.

Kurt Zouma could move on after three seasons at the London Stadium, highlighting the need for reinforcements, and it looks as though Lenglet has emerged as an option to bring in during the coming weeks and month.

According to Spanish publication Sport [via Sport Witness], West Ham are one of the clubs keen on signing the Frenchman this summer.

Aston Villa and Borussia Dortmund are also mentioned as potential suitors to acquire Lenglet’s signature, having rejected the chance to move to the Saudi Pro League.

Lenglet could represent an excellent option for West Ham under Lopetegui, having proven himself as a player with so much pedigree down the years.

The 28-year-old has played for both Barcelona and Sevilla, winning one La Liga title with the former, and he has also enjoyed a stint on loan at Tottenham, meaning he has picked up Premier League experience.

Lenglet has made 40 appearances in the competition, and Spurs insider John Wenham hailed him back in 2022, saying:

“I have been really thinking about this, I want to give credit to Clement Lenglet. It was his first North London derby. I don’t watch every weekend but when I do, or I see the highlights, Bukayo Saka is always their most influential attacking player.

“I just wanted to give credit because I think his performance went a little bit under the radar. I have been impressed with him so far. The fact he has instantly come in for Ben Davies and we don’t look any weaker, that is a huge credit to him really.”

At 28, Lenglet is at peak age to come in and be a key man from the off at West Ham, and there is no reason why that should change until he is in and around his mid 30s.

West Ham lead the race to sign player who’s scored three goals for England

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West Ham are believed to be the front-runners to sign Roma striker Tammy Abraham this summer, according to a fresh transfer claim.

The 26-year-old moved to the Italian giants from Chelsea back in the summer of 2021, having struggled to fully make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham had loan moves away from west London, playing for the likes of Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, but he has matured as a player at Roma, during which time he played under Jose Mourinho.

The 11-cap and three-goal England international has scored 37 times in 119 appeareances for the Giallorossi, but it looks as though a return to the Premier League could be on the cards this summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, West Ham are leading the race to sign Abraham before the beginning of next season, seeing him as an excellent option to bolster Julen Lopetegui’s attack.

The Hammers are not alone in expressing an interest in the former Chelsea man, however, with Aston Villa and Tottenham both mentioned in the update.

Abraham only has two years remaining on his current Roma deal, so the Serie A side could see the upcoming transfer window as the best time to allow him to move on, in terms of receiving the biggest possible fee for his services.

The striker could be a really strong signing for West Ham, at a time when Michail Antonio needs to be replaced as the east Londoners’ go-to leader of the line.

In Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus, the Hammers possess two excellent wide options in and around the centre forward, and Abraham could be a great foil for them, bringing them into play and making runs in behind.

He has shown that he can cut it in the Premier Leagiue, scoring 26 goals in 89 matches, and he is now a more mature footballer than the one who left three years ago.

Granted, it could take a hefty amount of money to sign Abraham, but at 26 years of age, there is still a lot more to come from him in his career, and he could view this as his next great challenge.