West Ham’s movement in the transfer market this summer has been relatively slow but things seem to be improving for Slaven Bilic’s side, amidst reports that indicate the Hammers are set to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart on-loan from Manchester City.
That signing is a significant boost for a West Ham defence that was leaky last season but Bilic will still have his eyes targeted on improving the forward options within his side, with the club having confirmed they’re chasing two new strikers.
West Ham haven’t found things easy in the transfer market during their pursuit for more attacking options though, having seen approaches for Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic rejected by the Potters this week, and the Hammers may need to consider their options.
Whilst all the talk at the moment may be surrounding the strikers that West Ham could bring in, Bilic needs to consider a stunning move on the transfer market with a deal that could certainly play into his hands over the coming weeks.
Ross Barkley’s future at Everton remains uncertain following his reluctance to pen a new deal at Goodison Park, which has put him up as available for transfer, and the Toffees quest to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City will likely push Barkley out of the door.
The England international doesn’t seem to have too many options available to him though, with the likes of Spurs being put-off by Barkley’s asking price- probably due to the fact that Barkley would be more of a supporting member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter.
For West Ham though, Barkley could slot in fantastically to the Hammers’ ranks and could help create a deadly attacking force- supported by Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini, with a fresh new striker in attack to spearhead the front-line.
Barkley could play in an attacking role behind the striker, easing the pressure upon West Ham to sign two top-class forwards, and Pedro Obiang’s more defensive role in midfield could compensate Bilic’s line-up fantastically.
A move for Barkley would certainly be costly but he has the ability to pay his fee back tenfold in the coming years if his career path matches it’s expected trajectory and he could be a key-part of the West Ham project in East London.