Sport West Ham's summer wishlist - Michael's ideal signings

16:35  21 april  2017
16:35  21 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

West Brom eye move for Ben Gibson

  West Brom eye move for Ben Gibson West Brom are targeting a move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, according to The Telegraph. The report claims that Gibson is on the Baggies’ wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to improve their squad. Middlesbrough have conceded 43 goals in the Premier League this season, the least amount of any of the teams in the bottom ten. Although that has not stopped them from being 19th in the league due to their attackers only scoring 23 goals, which is the lowest total in the entire division. Gibson has been a big part of their fantastic defensive record and is, rightly, attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs. Middlesbrough may be set to return to the Championship next season, but Gibson will be playing top division football come the end of August. No price has been mentioned as of yet, with interest appearing to be tentative at present but with a lot of teams in for him, he won’t be a cheap purchase.

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The end of the season is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing – the frantic nature of the summer transfer window isn’t far away!

West Ham are currently sat in 13th place on the Premier League table and are looking to end the current campaign on a high before Slaven Bilic evaluates his options with his team behind the scenes in regards to what needs to improve.

There have been plenty of surprise packages this season and some positions are already pretty solid looking ahead to the 2017/18 campaign.

However, it goes without saying that the Hammers are weak in some areas within the squad and the ever-reliable recruitment team may have a job on their hands this summer.

Could West Ham's Pursuit of Bobby Wood Come to a Standstill?

  Could West Ham's Pursuit of Bobby Wood Come to a Standstill? Over the last few weeks, Hamburg’s, Bobby Wood, has been linked with a move away from the German side with West Ham and Leicester both interested. However, according to the Sport Witness, Hamburg are trying to change a clause in his contract in hope to keep the USA international. As said in the article by Sport Witness, Wood’s contract has a €12m release clause in his current contract, however, this can drop by €5m if Hamburg get relegated from the Bundesliga. They currently sit five points above the automatic relegation zone, however, they’re only one point ahead of the relegation play-off zone, where they’ll have to play whoever comes 3rd in the 2. Bundesliga to see what team will be playing in the Bundesliga next season, so it is still quite possible for Hamburg to get relegated this season. Even if Hamburg do go down, it will still be a struggle for West Ham to sign him with many clubs interested including Leicester and Bayer Leverkusen. With nine goals and two assists this season, Bobby Wood will be a target for many teams. In my opinion, I don’t think West Ham should go for Bobby Wood, although he has been great this season in the Bundesliga, The Hammers need to be going for Premier League proven strikers as the signings last summer like Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri haven’t been good enough, West Ham need guaranteed goals. However, if West Ham sign a proven goalscorer then Bobby Wood would be a good signing, especially for the future considering he is only 24 and has plenty more years left in him but they can’t rely on him to get all of the goals.

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So, I’ve had my say on who West Ham should consider making a move for this summer, and compiled a transfer wishlist.

Hopefully, the squad is improved when the summer comes around!

Klopp eyes double deal for Lacazette and Sessegnon .
Jurgen Klopp hopes qualifying for the Champions League will boost Liverpool’s chances of strengthening their squad this summer. According to the Mirror, Klopp believes European football will be enough to attract Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon. The duo have been linked with moves to Anfield, but the Reds will not be the only sides in the running for the pair. Liverpool will be in the market for a new left-back this summer with Alberto Moreno expected to leave Anfield this summer. Sessegnon, despite his tender age of just 16, has impressed in Fulham’s high-flying season in the Championship. Lacazette has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time with both Arsenal and West Ham being touted as possible destinations for the French striker. Klopp’s Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Manchester City, who do have a game in hand on the Reds. They’re also six points above Manchester United who have two games in hand on Liverpool.

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