Could West Ham be the perfect move for Manchester City favourite?

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United could be the ideal destination for an experienced Manchester City favourite this summer.

The Hammers look set for another busy summer in the transfer market with their big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium looming large.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were true to their word by investing significant funds to strengthen Slaven Bilic's squad last summer.

And they look set to go for it again with the club targeting three or four top players to elevate them to the next level.

As many as eight players deemed surplus to requirements are expected to leave the club this summer.

The East Londoners have already secured the services of sought after Austrian midfielder Havard Nordveit.

The club has made no secret of the fact they are in the market for two top marquee striker signings.

Right back must be a priority

But Bilic must also bolster in a number of other areas and an experienced right back is also a priority.

The Hammers had to use winger Michail Antonio as a makeshift right back for the last three months of the season due to injuries to Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins and Sam Byram.

Young Byram impressed after arriving from Leeds United in January but injuries hampered his progress.

City legend just the man?

While he has showed he has the quality and ability to play on the Premier League stage, West Ham need back-up for that position and Manchester City legend Pablo Zabaleta could be just the man.

The 31-year-old Argentina star is weighing up his options at a key time in his career, according to the Daily Mail.

The firm Etihad fans' favourite is being targeted by Italian giants Roma but staying in the Premier League with an enticing move to London could be just the ticket for both Zabaleta and the Hammers.

His experience would be invaluable for Byram to learn from a player regarded as one of the best right backs in the English top flight in the last decade.

At 31 Zabaleta should have at least another couple of seasons left in him at the top level.

And with West Ham moving into their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium this summer it could hardly be seen as a step down, especially given the Hammers only finished four points behind the Citizens this season.

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