Which positions could be filled this window

4 Jul, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

As it stands West Ham only have two senior positions to fill in their squad counting Declan Rice plus Conor Coventry to make up the home grown quota.

Manual Lanzini left on a free transfer five ago after his contract expired and Craig Dawson and Darren Randolph both left the Hammers left in January.

West Ham published 25 men squad in February which contained just 23 players in the second half of last season.

West Ham will be looking for a replacement for Lanzini and while he is a different kind of midfielder, Harvey Barnes could be his replacement if the Hammers can land him for around £35m.

Declan Rice can’t be replaced like for like but Fulham’s João Palhinha, Chelsea’s Edson Álvarez, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, City’s Kalvin Phllips or Leeds Tyler Adams could all end up on a short list of targets.

If Ben Johnson leaves as expected then West Ham will look for a right back,  Norwich City defender Max Aarons is one name that is attracting a lot of reports linking him to a West Ham move.

Should Gianluca Scamacca, Danny Ings or Michail Antonio leave this summer West Ham will adopt a one out, one in policy.

The Hammers would insist on a £35m fee for Scamacca with the other two strikers commanding around a £10m transfer fee for either of them.

Chelsea’s Armando Broja, Mohamed Bayo, Viktor Gyokeres, Youssef En-Nesyri and Emmanuel Dennis have all been linked as possible replacements in recent weeks.

Perhaps we should be looking at Bundesliga strikers after the appointment of Tim Steinten this week with Hertha Berlin forward Derry Scherhant one tipped to be a target for the Hammers.

Another addition could be a utility player who can play centre back or defensive midfield, Sunderland’s Daniel Ballard who can play both positions has been linked in this position and is just 23-years of age.


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