It was reported by ExWHUEmployee that West Ham could make four more signings, having already brought in goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin, as well as exciting Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals.
With this in mind, we at West Ham World decided to compile a wish list of who we realistically want those four players to be.
Our criteria was: pick one striker, a midfielder, a defender and one wildcard.
Here are the selections from West Ham World’s Danny Lewis, James Jones and Luke Glanville…
DL: Salomón Rondón
He is somehow still available and West Ham have been linked with the Venezuelan. He has brilliant hold up and link up play, has the physical presence to battle defenders and can score a variety of goals- can be West Ham’s main striker in my opinion.
JJ: Salomón Rondón
While I wouldn’t mind seeing Aleksandar Mitrović in claret and blue, I think he’s too similar a player to Marko Arnautovic, but Rondón offers something a little bit different. He might be a lot older, but he’s a different kind of option we can call upon up front.
LG: Aleksandar Mitrović
For me, the striker has to be the big Serbian Aleksandar Mitrović. He has been linked and I’d be making him the top priority. He’s just 24 years of age and already proven in the Premier League. From relegated Fulham, Mitrović could also be easy to prise away.
DL: Joan Jordan
Jordan has been linked with West Ham and reportedly has a 15 million euro release clause. That could be a bargain for whoever signs him. The Eibar midfielder can create chances for team mates and has a great long shot, so could be an exciting player to watch.
JJ: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
I know he’s picked up a long term injury and Chelsea are unlikely to sell anyone because of their transfer ban, but I think he’s the sort of player we should be targeting, but haven’t been linked with. Young, hungry and with a lot to prove, RLC would add a completely different dimension to our midfield.
LG: Fabian Delph
This is another name that has been connected to the club by rumours. When it’s time for Mark Noble to step aside, I think that Fabian Delph would be an ideal successor. Just imagine how much it would help Declan Rice having a player with so much success and experience as his next partner.
DL: Hasan Ali Kaldırım
The Fenerbahçe left back seems close to signing and this could be a brilliant piece of business. His release clause is only five million euros, meaning we would be filling a problem area with someone who has played in European club football and has 31 caps for Turkey for a bargain fee.
JJ: Hasan Ali Kaldırım
This is a difficult one because I believe our defence doesn’t need much in the way of reinforcements, despite us shipping a fair amount of goals last term. The big improvement needed is organisation and consistency, which we didn’t have a lot of last term. But if we’re to sign anyone then Hasan Ali Kaldırım certainly represents great value for money and will bring experience to our defence.
LG: Alberto Moreno
There has been no real actual speculation to suggest West Ham could move for Alberto Moreno this summer. However, the left-back is available on a free from Liverpool this summer and is just 26. With neither Aaron Cresswell or Arthur Masuaku really able to become the first choice at left-back, it’s a no-brainer.
DL: Sam Lammers
Performing in Eredivisie of course doesn’t mean a player would do well in the Premier League, but I’ve been really impressed whenever watching Sam Lammers. He scored 16 goals for Heerenveen while on loan from PSV Eindhoven- including two in a draw against Ajax. He’s 6 foot 2 inches, can dribble, links play well and has an eye for goal. At 22-years-old he could come in as a relatively cheap back up striker and be given time to grow at the club.
JJ: Ryan Sessegnon
We’re led to believe Spurs are very keen on him but I see no reason why we shouldn’t look to tempt him to Stratford and I don’t think he’s too far beyond our reach given the manager we have at the helm and the ambition we’re showing. With Fulham relegated he’ll be available at a cut-price and would offer so much to our left-hand side, both in defence and attack. I think we should be looking to sign more young, English players moving forward, and Sessegnon represents just that.
LG: Dimitri Payet
It sounds ridiculous and would perhaps be the craziest West Ham move ever, and that takes some doing. But I think the Hammers should take advantage of Marseille missing out on Europe next season to bring Dimitri Payet home. He would be incredible cover for Felipe Anderson on the left.