West Ham United seem to have finally got the ball rolling in the summer transfer market as they’ve sealed a deal to bring England international Joe Hart to the club on-loan from Manchester City and are edging closer to the signing of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen.
Added to the early addition of Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer, West Ham are looking strong in their build for the new season and further excitement could arrive in the form of Marko Arnautovic, who’s poised to leave Stoke City to move to East London.
Should Hernandez and Arnautovic arrive, West Ham will have added four top-quality additions to their side and can spend the rest of the window reacting to things that happen in the market, not necessarily moving for big names but not letting the opportunity pass them by if someone becomes available.
The Daily Express suggests a chance to sign a midfielder could land on a plate for West Ham, as they indicate Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is ‘keen’ on a transfer across London as he faces difficulties establishing himself in the Gunners side.
25-year-old Wilshere hardly set the world alight on-loan at Bournemouth last term and another ankle injury ended his stint on the South Coast prematurely, whilst also meaning he’ll miss another pre-season campaign- handing his chances of saving his career a huge blow.
With plenty ahead of him in Arsenal’s set-up, Wilshere faces an uphill battle to secure a future for himself in North London and the Gunners may look to sell the England international, as he’s entered the final 12 months of his current deal.
Wilshere, a boyhood West Ham fan, would have been a solid addition to the Hammers a few years ago but his struggles to keep fit mean it’s a deal that Slaven Bilic’s side should avoid- especially as his wage demands would likely be very high.
West Ham’s window is shaping up to be a success and they don’t need to take a risk in the market to try and make things better. Instead, they should consolidate their position and ensure their new arrivals are ready for the new season.