West Ham should consider Iceland star Gylfi Sigurdsson

Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson in action with England's Jack Wilshere

West Ham have been linked with some of Europe's best players so far this summer.

Swansea's Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson would be a fantastic addition to the West Ham squad

West Ham United head into the 2016/17 Premier League season with entirely different expectations than last term.

Slaven Bilic has installed an incredible work ethic into the side, and more importantly, he has made a whole host of fantastic acquisitions, including the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio.

The Hammer's search for a world-class striker has so far been a fruitless one, including failed attempts to land Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi.

While their need for a top class marksman cannot be denied, attacking midfield is also an area the Hammer's find themselves short in. Their bull-headed pursuit of a goalscorer could have a negative impact on player recruitment, and other positions could end up being neglected. The club were criticised for being a one-man-team last season because of Payet's exploits, and there is a certain amount of truth to those accusations.

France's Dimitri Payet before the match Dimitri Payet would benefit from having the likes of Sigurdsson in the side

Payet is one of the most dangerous attackers midfielders in the game, and because of this, the opposition double their efforts in an attempt to prevent him from affecting the game.

With the Hammer's new found stature and reputation, a move for a top class, central tacking midfielder should be high on the club's list of priorities. With their move to the Olympic Stadium and increased revenue, they are now able to compete financially with Europe's biggest clubs.

The ideal candidate to fill this squad gap would be Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 26-year-old has proven his quality at the Welsh club over two separate spells, but was never really given the opportunity to shine in his time at Tottenham.

Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson attends a news conferenceSigurdsson has starred for club and country over the past year

In Payet, West Ham have one of the world's most talented players, and he makes such a massive difference to how they play. His prolonged absence after suffering a knee injury last term coincided with a dramatic dip in form for Bilic's men as they struggled to cope without their talisman. 

If they were to sign Sigurdsson, he would be able to relieve some of the pressure on Payet, and actually free up more space for the France international. He could play just behind the striker, or in a deep-lying playmaker role next to Hammers captain Mark Noble.

The Swansea and Iceland star has impeccable technique, a fantastic range of passing and an eye for goal. He also comes with the added caveat of being Premier League proven. He would surely be a hit if a move to East London were to materialise.

The prospect of having Sigurdsson and Payet in the same team is a tantalising one, and West Ham should make every effort to bring the Iceland international to the club.

Iceland News Conference - EURO 2016Sigurdsson is currently at the Euros with his country Iceland

 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch