West Ham have continued to be linked with a £30million summer move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, though face a battle with Bournemouth for the midfielder following his season long loan on the south coast. £30 Million for an injury prone player approaching the last year of his contract? Someone is having a giraffe, and a conspicuously large one at that! Possibly a £10-12 Million purchase at the most, but even at that price do West Ham really need another midfielder, particularly one with a poor injury record? There are the likes of Martin Samuelson and Edimilson Fernandes available for next season, both young and both fit! It really doesn't make any sense in Hammers pursuing Wiltshere, far more important is surely to get another striker in to supplement Andy Carroll (if he doesn't get flogged off to the 'shiners super league') and Diafra Sakho, neither of which would let an injury insurance broker have an easy night's sleep. Also the need for a 'proper' right back is glaringly obvious, if not to push and instruct Sam Byram maybe just to replace him, although to be fair he is not the reason the defence has been so porous.
Hammers are rumoured to be lining up an astonishing triple deal with Chelsea for strikers Michy Batshuayi who has struggled to get a game for the Premier League leaders, rising star Tammy Abraham who has been banging goals in for fun at Bristol City and defender Kurt Zouma who wants to go out on loan to ensure his international place. Batshuayi has not been given a fair crack of the whip at Chelsea and has been ladened with a hefty price tag, whereas Abraham's is a breath of fresh air and would fit in perfectly at the London Stadiom especially given West Ham's contribution in turning Moses in to a must start player rather than a perpetual loanee for Chelsea. Zouma would be a fine addition as well as Hammers will be looking to firm up their leaky defence with some more athleticism, Reece Oxford could learn from him.
Cordial on going talks between West Ham and Chelsea about a plan 'b' ground share show that there is good will between the two clubs and a three player deal might be possible, but at what extra cost? The spectre of an offer coming in from Chelsea for Michail Antonio is never far of the horizon and would test the mettle of the Hammers hierarchy, we will have details of new deals being offered to several players in our next article. - Ed