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West Ham interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk ace Georgiy Sudakov


West Ham are keen on completing the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, according to a new transfer update.

The 21-year-old has already become an important figure for his current club, despite his age, scoring and assisting 13 times apiece in 81 appearances overall.

That highlights how reliable Sudakov’s end product has been from an attacking midfield role, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t get better for many years to come, as he matures as a player.

At international level, the Shakhtar ace has won 12 caps for Ukraine, netting once in that time, and he could be one of their stars of the future.

According to 90min, West Ham are one of a number of Premier League clubs eyeing a move for Sudakov in the near future, with reigning English and European champions Manchester City among them:

“90min can reveal that in addition to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, his talents are also now on the radars of most of the Premier League’s elite.

“Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and West Ham United have all watched him closely in recent months and it is believed they were all in Leverkusen on Monday to see him feature for Ukraine against Italy.”

It is crucial that West Ham continue to plan for the future, looking to acquire the services of some of Europe’s brightest young talent, and Sudakov could be a brilliant option to enhance the midfield options at David Moyes’ disposal.

The Ukrainian is already proving himself consistently at a high level, and he could bring more guile in the final third, linking with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio to devastating effect.

At just 21, Sudakov may be in no rush to come in and be an immediate star man, biding his time as a squad player before becoming a fixture in the team, and the quality of the teams competing with the Hammers for his signature highlights his potential.

While the lure of joining City could be great, among others, he will find it harder to enjoy playing time there because of the vast depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad, so heading to a club of West Ham’s ilk could be more beneficial to his career development.

Sudakov isn’t out of contract at Shakhtar until the summer of 2028, however, so he is unlikely to arrive on their cheap, which could be an issue for the Hammers if it becomes an auction to snap him up.

West Ham join race for Manchester City midfielder

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West Ham have joined the race for Kalvin Phillips ahead of the January transfer window according to Football Insider

It’s believed that Manchester City are willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old England international with the former Leeds man struggling to make an impact in Manchester since his move last summer.

Now, the treble-winners are open to a loan or permanent exit for the midfielder, who does not fit into Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans at the Etihad Stadium.

This has seemingly opened the door for other sides, with West Ham one of the clubs taking a keen interest in the deep-lying playmaker.

James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez both arrived in the summer and with Tomas Soucek struggling in the first team, a move for Phillips could be on the cards.

The Czech international has struggled for form this campaign and has been in and out of the side this season with Ward-Prowse and Alvarez preferred over the midfielder.

Will West Ham move for Kalvin Phillips?

Soucek signed a four-year deal in August and has been an important player since joining from Slavia Prague. His form has been inconsistent this season but so has West Ham’s.

Other players have struggled, including Ward-Prowse and mainstay Michail Antonio. So, Soucek isn’t immune from criticism and neither are the new signings who have had a positive impact.

The Hammers haven’t had this level of quality and depth for a long time so the Czech international is likely to find his way in and out of the team.

Bringing in Kalvin Phillips wouldn’t add much into the midfield that isn’t already there. He fits a similar profile of Alvarez where patrolling the midfield, preventing counterattacks and being tidy in possession are the main aspects of their roles.

Adding an extra player, who’s likely to cost a significant amount in both transfer fee and wages makes little to no sense.

A striker has to be the priority with any potential for adding to their already well-stocked midfield being moved to the summer.


West Ham target England and Bournemouth forward


West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Dominic Solanke in January as David Moyes targets a frontman for his forward line. 

Having sold Gianluca Scimacca after his move to East London didn’t work out, Moyes wants a new frontman having failed to sign a frontman in the summer.

The club has relied heavily once again on Michail Antonio who has struggled to find consistent form this season and the struggles have shown.

Now, according to The Sun, the Hammers will look to return to one-time England forward Solanke who has scored six goals in 12 games in the Premier League this season, one of which was against West Ham on the opening day.

Solanke still has three years left on his contract on the south coast which will make any move a costly one, especially so in the January window.

The Cherries signed Solanke from Liverpool for £19m with the former Chelsea man seemingly now fulfilling his potential having struggled in the top flight before this season.

A heavy reliance on Jarrod Bowen is unsustainable and with Danny Ings and Divin Mubama the only outright strikers at the club, Moyes will be hoping to add England forward.

A move to West Ham could interest Solanke who will want to thrive in Europe and take advantage of West Ham’s ambition to move up the table.

Solanke isn’t the only forward on the list of targets for Moyes with Santi Gimenez of Feyenoord also being looked at. The Mexican has scored 15 goals in 15 games for Feyenoord and will no doubt interest clubs throughout Europe if his form continues.

The Hammers have invested heavily in their attack, with Mohammed Kudus arriving from Ajax in the summer. Bowen has operated as a no. 9 at times with that unsuitable for the winger who has been exceptional this season in East London.

West Ham considering offer for Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka

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West Ham are contemplating tabling an offer for Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to an exciting new update.

The Hammers have assembled one of their strongest squads in years, using the Declan Rice money wisely and making some key signings during the summer transfer window.

In midfield, for example, David Moyes has acquired the signatures of Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse, both of whom have shone this season in the middle of the park, alongside the superb Lucas Paqueta.

West Ham should always be looking to improve even further, however, having as much depth as possible, and it looks as though they are trying to complete an audacious piece of business.

According to a report from Spain, the east Londoners are considering making a bid for Goretzka, in what is described as a potential “bombshell” transfer.

West Ham are believed to be happy to pay £43.7m for the 28-year-old, who isn’t out of contract at Bayern until the summer of 2026.

It is claimed that the Bundesliga giants are already looking for potential replacements for Goretzka, who has started eight league games this season, scoring twice and chipping in with one assist.

The Bayern ace could be a real statement signing by West Ham, should they get a deal over the line in 2024, although it clearly won’t be easy to make it happen.

Goretzka could have plenty of other suitors if his time at Bayern does come to an end – those who can potentially offer him Champions League football – so the Hammers will have to work some magic to snap him up.

He is someone with undoubted pedigree in the game, though, having won five Bundesliga titles and a Champions League crown, and his all-round box-to-box quality in midfield could make Moyes’ men an even tougher proposition.

The fact that West Ham are even seemingly in the mix to sign players of Goretzka’s quality says so much about the strides they have made in recent years, but for these players to stay on their radar, a little more consistency needs to be found in the Premier League this season.

Should West Ham look past David Moyes?


David Moyes has done an incredible job in stabilising West Ham in recent years following years of flirting with relegation into the Championship. 

The former Manchester United manager has been an important part of West Ham’s recent history having guided them comfortably into a top-half team while winning a European competition last season.

However, his football has been consistently criticised and his overreliance on a particular group of players shows a lack of ambition to go out and take West Ham to the next level.

Recruitment this past summer was slow. For whatever reason, the club and Moyes weren’t quite aligned on targets which has left them with Michail Antonio has the only recognised senior striker at the club.

With the Scotsman heading into the last year of his contract, now could be the right time to move on from what has been a successful marriage.

Should West Ham replace David Moyes sooner rather than later?

Moyes has been important for West Ham. He’s essentially justified the saga for a stadium move and turned them into a team befitting that of the hugely impressive stadium they operate in.

European nights, huge league wins and consistent campaigns at the top level have given the club a new lease of life after years of wandering around in the wilderness under Manuel Pelligrini and Slaven Bilic.

But with West Ham itching to make that next step, a tough decision faces them and that’s the Moyes era coming to an end.

Now, West Ham haven’t been great for the last 18 months in the league. This season alone, Aston Villa, Everton and Brentford have all taken three points off West Ham since the beginning of October and couple that with friction between Moyes and the board, a change could be on the horizon.

If the Hammers are to make the step into becoming a team competing regularly in Europe, as well as the upper echelons of the Premier LEague, then looking towards a less pragmatic manager might be the route forward.