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West Ham will lose another star player alongside Lucas Paqueta, says pundit


Lucas Paqueta isn’t the only West Ham star who will leave the club in the summer transfer window, according to former Hammers striker Frank McAvennie.

The east Londoners are about to embark on a new era at the London Stadium, with David Moyes set to be replaced by Julen Lopetegui.

There has been an increasing feeling that a change of manager is needed for a while now, with West Ham’s season petering out during Moyes’ second spell in charge.

While Lopetegui will be desperate to bring in the right players this summer, there are also current stars for the Hammers who he will want to keep hold of.

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie claimed that Mohammed Kudus could also leave as well as Lucas Paqueta at the end of the season, in a worrying update:

“It would be massive. He [Paqueta] is going to go anyway, him and Kudus, we know that. If Paqueta wants to go, fine. I like him, he’s a wonderful talent. Kudus as well.

“I would like to see them stay another year and let the new manager have a try. We know who it is, just give him a try. It [his style of play] might be right up their street.”

To see both Kudus and Paqueta move on this summer would be so tough to accept for West Ham supporters, with the pair integral to their team’s success of late.

Paqueta does look extremely likely to leave, with a switch to Manchester City on the cards – a move nearly came to fruition last summer, too – which is going to leave a big void, given his combination of technical brilliance and work ethic.

The hope is that Kudus remains at the London Stadium for at least another season, though, considering he only arrived from Ajax last summer, but it is easy to envisage his head being turned by an offer from a huge club such as Liverpool, who have linked with him.

Lopetegui has to do all he can to convince the Ghana international to stay, and Paqueta for that matter, having registered 13 goals contributions (seven goals and six assists) in 26 Premier League starts this season.

West Ham have “started negotiations” with former Premier League player


West Ham are one of the clubs to have “started negotiations” with the agent of Wilfried Zaha, according to a new update.

The Hammers will be looking for a strong summer in the transfer window, with David Moyes moving on as manager and likely being replaced by former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

Assuming the Spaniard is the choice to replace the current West Ham leader at the end of the campaign, he will be keen on bringing in players who can suit his style of play, potentially using funds received for Lucas Paqueta wisely, should the Brazilian complete a move to Manchester City.

According to a new report from Takvim [via Sport Witness], the east Londoners have “started negotiations” with Fenerbahce winger Zaha, as they look to strike a deal for him at the end of the season.

West Ham aren’t alone when it comes to wanting to sign the former Crystal Palace star, however, with Aston Villa also in the mix.

Zaha joined the Turkish giants on a free transfer last season, but could look for a swift return to the Premier League.

This could be an interesting piece of business by West Ham this summer, with the Ivorian still an impressive footballer who can cause defenders nightmares on his day.

Now 31 years of age, Zaha has scored nine goals in 13 Turkish Super Lig starts – 27 appearances in total in the competition – and he also scored and assisted once apiece in the Champions League earlier in the campaign.

Granted, the Ivory Coast international isn’t necessarily at the peak of his powers now, so Lopetegui may not view him as one of the first names on his team sheet in the long-term, but he could be a great squad player for a few years.

Zaha has shown that he can be a force in the Premier League, racking up a tally of 97 goal contributions (68 goals and 29 assists) in 305 appearances during his time at Palace and Manchester United, and the depth that he could add to West Ham’s squad means signing him would be better than deciding against it.

West Ham close to appointing David Moyes’ successor this summer


West Ham are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Julen Lopetegui to become the club’s next manager after David Moyes.

The Hammers’ season has dropped off the more it has gone on, with their Europa League exit coming at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals.

In the Premier League, West Ham have flattered to deceive, picking up some great wins but also suffering some miserable defeats.

Their 2-0 away victory at Arsenal and subsequent 6-0 hammering by the Gunners at the London Stadium summs up the east Londoners’ unpredictability, and there is a feeling that a change of manager is now needed.

Moyes is yet to make a decision over his future, but it looks more likely that he will depart at the end of the season, deciding that he has taken his team as far as he can.

According to a new update from The Guardian‘s Jacob Steinberg, Lopetegui is close to becoming West Ham’s next boss:

“West Ham are close to agreeing a deal for Julen Lopetegui to take over as their new manager. The club are poised to part company with David Moyes at the end of the season and talks with Lopetegui are gathering pace.

“Negotiations have not been concluded and a final decision on Moyes, whose contract runs out this summer, will not be made until the Scot holds talks with the board once the campaign is over.”

The report adds that West Ham are “actively looking for a replacement” for Moyes at this point, which suggests that they think he will depart this season.

Lopetegui could be a briliant option for the Hammers ahead of next season, with the Spaniard possessing genuine pedigree as a manager.

The 57-year-old won the Europa League with Sevilla back in the 2019/20 season, showing that he knows a lot about managing a successful team in Europe, and he has been in charge of both Spain and Real Madrid in the past.

Granted, Lopetegui didn’t shine too much at Wolves, only averaging 1.3 points per game across 27 matches in charge, but the positives easily outweigh the negatives with him for West Ham.

West Ham “in talks” with Ruben Amorim over replacing David Moyes this summer

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West Ham are “in talks” with Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim over potentially becoming their next manager this summer, according to reliable journalist David Ornstein.

David Moyes may be coming towards the end of his second stint in charge at the London Stadium, with the Scot yet to make a final decision over his future.

The current West Ham manager is out of contract at the end of the season, at which point he needs to decide whether to sign an extension or move on to pastures new.

It could be arged that the latter is more likely at this moment, following Europa League elimination last week and a 5-2 defeat away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

Should that happen, West Ham supporters will be desperate to see an exciting appointment made, and according to Ornstein on X on Monday afternoon, Amorim has held talks with the Hammers over becoming their next boss:

“XCL: West Ham in talks over ambitious move for Ruben Amorim if David Moyes goes. Julen Lopetegui also assessed but Amorim current top target. #WHUFC said to appeal but unclear where they sit among 39yo’s options. Liverpool looks unlikely.”

Amorim is arguably one of the best young managers in Europe currently, so this update has to be considered an exciting one from a West Ham perspective.

The 39-year-old is on the verge of guiding his Sporting side to Primeira Liga title glory, in what would be his second league crown in charge of the Portuguese giants. They are now 10 points clear at the top of the table, albeit having played one game more than Benfica.

The fact that Liverpool have reportedly seen him as a strong candidate to replace Jurgen Klopp this summer says a lot about his ability, and it would be a real coup if West Ham could entice him to the London Stadium.

It could still be that Moyes stays, of course, but it does increasingly feel as though a fresh face in the dugout could be the right way forward, allowing a talented squad to thrive under a younger boss with new ideas.

David Moyes now “likely” to depart as West Ham manager this summer


West Ham manager David Moyes is now “likely” to leave his role at the end of the season, according to a new report.

The Scot is in his second stint in charge at the London Stadium, during which time he has enjoyed plenty of success.

Not only has Moyes turned West Ham into one of the best Premier League teams outside of the traditional ‘big six’, but he also guided them to a memorable UEFA Europa Conference League triumph last season.

Despite this, the 60-year-old’s future in east London has been up in the air throughout the current campaign, due in part to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The decision looks set to rest with Moyes himself, but a new update from Football Insider suggests that he and the club may have made his mind up regarding his future:

“West Ham are now likely to part with manager David Moyes at the end of this season, sources have told Football Insider. Moyes, 60, is out of contract in June and has previously suggested he will make a decision on his future at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

“But a well-placed source has now told Football Insider that the Scot is now ‘more and more likely’ to leave the London Stadium.”

Ultimately, Moyes’ decision is going to split opinion whatever his choice is this summer, considering how divided the fanbase currently is when it comes to his future.

Bringing in a younger manager with a more attack-minded approach could certainly be exciting for supporters – Lille boss Paulo Fonseca has been linked with the job – but Moyes may only be fully appreciated when he leaves, should his replacement struggle.

It does arguably feel like the right time for him to leave, though, rather than staying too long and potentially damaging his legacy – if that is the case, he should be remembered as an excellent servant.

The fact that he won a trophy should always see him thought of fondly by West Ham fans, and he has created an excellent team at the same time, bringing in superb signings such as Lucas Paqueta, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen, among others.