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


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


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.

West Ham looking to pip title winners to signing of midfield ace


West Ham are believed to be looking to beat Bayer Leverkusen to the signing of Girona midfielder Aleix Garcia this summer, a new report has claimed.

The Hammers are looking for new additions in the summer transfer window, as life under new manager Julen Lopetegui gets underway.

There is still a huge question mark over the future of Lucas Paqueta, who faces a lengthy ban for betting offences and has also been linked with a move to Manchester City, so a new midfielder could be required.

According to the Guardian‘s Jacob Steinberg, West Ham are interested in signing Garcia from Girona in the coming months, aiming to get the better of Bundesliga champions Leverkusen in the race to acquire his signature:

“West Ham are attempting to derail Bayer Leverkusen’s attempt to sign the Girona midfielder Aleix García. Leverkusen have been leading the race for García but the Bundesliga champions are in danger of missing out on one of Xabi Alonso’s key targets. West Ham have offered about £14m for the Spaniard.”

The report goes on to add that Lopetegui “is looking to strengthen in several positions”, including midfield, which is considered a “priority” area of the pitch.

Garcia could be exactly what West Ham are after in the middle of the park this summer, following an excellent season that saw him help Girona seal a shock third-place finish in La Liga.

The 26-year-old started 36 of his side’s 38 league matches, chipping in with nine goal contributions (three goals and six assists), as well as completing 91.7% of his passes and averaging 1.3 tackles and clearances apiece per game.

Garcia’s form has seen him named in Spain’s preliminary squad for Euro 2024 this summer, as he looks to add to his one solitary cap for his country to date, which further shows what a top-quality signing he could be for the Hammers.

Even if the Paqueta saga blows over and he stays at West Ham, which admittedly feels unlikely currently, Lopetegui should be looking to strike a deal for the Girona ace, seeing him as a key player for the foreseeable future.

The threat of Leverkusen could be great, given their title-winning brilliance under Xabi Alonso, but the lure of the Premier League can never be understated.

Established West Ham ace to be subject of £35m bids from two clubs


West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd is reportedly expected to be the subject of £35m bids from two different clubs this summer.

The next few months could be extremely interesting at the London Stadium, as Julen Lopetegui looks to make his presence felt from the off.

He is replacing David Moyes as manager, and will be tasked with not only making influential new signings, but also keeping hold of key current players.

Lucas Paqueta has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, but a long ban could now be coming his way for betting allegations, while the likes of Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen could also be eyed up by other clubs.

According to a new update from Football Insider, West Ham are in danger of losing Aguerd in the summer transfer window, too, with Ligue 1 clubs Rennes and Lyon interested in making a move for him:

“West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd will be the subject of £35m bids from Rennes and Lyon when the transfer window reopens next month, sources have told Football Insider. Sources say the Hammers are willing to let Aguerd, 28, leave as long as they can recoup the £30million fee they paid to sign him in 2022.

“The centre-back joined West Ham from Rennes two years ago, with the French side now looking to bring him back to Ligue 1 as they strengthen their defence ahead of next season.Lyon are also keen to secure his signature after a strong end to the season saw them clinch Europa League qualification, winning 14 of their last 16 league games.”

Losing Aguerd this summer would be a real blow for West Ham, considering what an established player he has become for the Hammers since arriving from Rennes back in 2022.

The 28-year-old has made 58 appearances for the east Londoners in total, including 21 starts in the Premier League this season, and he is both hugely experienced and young enough to continue being a big player at heart of the defence for the foreseeable future.

Aguerd is also contracted to West Ham until the summer of 2027, which means they are in no rush to sell him, and can at least demand big money if he does decide he wants a new chalenge.

Keeping hold of him is the best option, however, especically with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna expected to move on as well.

West Ham battling European giants for signing of midfield ace this summer


West Ham are believed to be battling Atletico Madrid for the signing of Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley this summer, with a bid potentially being weighed up.

The Hoops won yet another Scottish Premiership title this season, seeing off strong competition from rivals Rangers to clinch glory earlier this month.

Numerous players were key to Celtic’s success, but arguably none had a greater influence than O’Riley, who proved to be the creative hub of the team.

The Dane scored 18 goals and registered 13 assists in the league – impressive numbers for a striker, let alone a midfielder – and he could feel that now is the right time to enjoy a new challenge at a higher level.

According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham want to sign O’Riley from Celtic in the summer transfer window, providing competition for Atletico and others in the process:

“West Ham are ready to go head-to-head with European giants Atletico Madrid for Celtic playmaker Matt O’Riley, sources have told Football Insider. The Hoops star, 23, is attracting interest in England and across the continent after his stellar performances in the Scottish Premiership this term.

“Celtic rejected a bid from Atleti for the Denmark international in January and they are expected to be among the interested parties in the summer window. It is believed Premier League trio West Ham, Brighton and Everton are all keen on O’Riley – who left MK Dons in 2022 for just £1.5million.”

There may be some trepidation about West Ham bringing in O’Riley, given the step up in class in the Premier League compared to the Scottish Premiership, but he does look like a player full of attacking quality.

The 23-year-old is expected to be named in Denmark’s squad for Euro 2024, having won two caps for his country since switching his allegiance from England, who he made four appearances for at Under-18 and Under-16 level combined.

O’Riley is a silky footballer capable of scoring and creating on a regular basis, and while not necessarily on Lucas Paqueta’s level yet, Julen Lopetegui could view him as a similar option, should the Brazilian join Manchester City before the start of next season.