Hammers Offered Deal That Matches Superb Balbuena Acquisition

Reports emanating from across the pond are suggesting New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long has been offered to West Ham this summer, with the 26-year-old available for a bargain £4 Million. Long has been in fine form for the Red Bulls, making 83 league appearances across three campaigns with the Major League Soccer side. He also won the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year award.

Long is attracting plenty of attention with both Fiorentina and Lyon also interested in bringing him to Europe before the window closes, however the player would prefer testing himself in the Barclays Premier League. Long's release clause is extremely low by European standards but Hammers paid the same amount to trigger the release clause for Fabian Balbuena who turned out to be one of the bargains of the year not just for West Ham but for any club!

Balbuena went on to form a brilliant partnership alongside Issa Diop until it was interrupted by injury, Long arguably has the potential to be as shrewd a signing if the Irons do decide to meet his asking price. Manuel Pellegrini needs back up in central defence as Winston Reid cannot be relied upon to rekindle the form he had shown before a series of injuries that have kept him out of the side for nearly two seasons.

Either Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang or both are due to leave the club, so it is essential that another player is brought in, Pellegrini will not risk only having Reid as back up. Long fits the bill, he's relatively young and more importantly NOT injury prone, he would be a decent acquisition that won't break the bank. - Ed

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mcbikeman's picture

But the same can be said of Balbuena/Diop last year so your ownly wish is that El Pel has done his homework on this player if we decide to go ahead and buy him

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No brainer really , watching Newcastle game we are lacking depth need more bodies

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Dicks is the man's picture

didn't we sign a Canadian defender from U.S league few seasons back who was touted as great potential? never heard a whisper about him since.

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To get it right, as stated above 4 mill is nothing for a potential prospect

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

I also trust them... just worry sometimes with selection, God knows what they see in Sanchez :o(

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Dicks is the man's picture

but you didnt trust them with Byram, 65?

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Dicksy?

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Dicks is the man's picture

not to my knowledge lol.

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I was one of Pellegrini's biggest critics at the start,but tbf to them & this board we arnt going to get a better management team than them,I'll eat humble pie & admit it!! But to date their signings have been really good imo

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Dicks is the man's picture

yes I whole heartedly agree. I was just saying that Pell is being criticised for selling Byram by a lot, yet his judgement is pretty good no?

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But maybe the board or pel are trying to plough back a bit of money & wages on players that are not really part of their plans

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