West Ham United could finalise two big deals in the coming days. According to BBC Sport, the Hammers have agreed a £24 million deal with Premier League rivals Stoke City over the transfer of Marko Arnautovic, who is 28 years of age and can operate as a forward or as a winger.
The London Evening Standard recently reported that West Ham are willing to trigger the £13 million buy-out clause in Javier Hernandez’s contract at Bayer Leverkusen, and the London club have announced on their official website that they have agreed a deal.
According to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, July 16, 2017), the former Manchester United striker, who is 29 years of age, would earn £145,000 per week as salary at the London Stadium.
One can understand West Ham’s (reported) interest in Arnautovic and why they have signed Hernandez. Both players are at their peak and have proved themselves in the Premier League, and they could make an instant impact at the Hammers.
However, both Arnautovic and Hernandez are in their late 20s, and neither would have great sell-on value. While it is good that West Ham are thinking about the present, they should also look ahead and plan for the future.
In this regard, it would be a great idea for West Ham to make a move for Celtic and France Under-21 striker Moussa Dembele.
The 21-year-old is one of the best young strikers in entire Europe, and has scored 32 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys since his move in the summer of 2016, as stated on the Glasgow giants’ official website.
According to The Sunday Post, Celtic value the youngster at £32 million, and although the Hoops are not going to sell him before the Champions League qualifies are done with, the Hammers should be keen on him.
Dembele is hugely promising and has a lot of potential. Given that the Frenchman is just 21 years of age, he is only going to get better, and his value is going to increase in the coming years.
West Ham could sign the former Fulham youngster for £32m and sell him in two or three years’ time for a lot, lot more. It would be good business from the Hammers.
The Celtic striker would also not be demanding £145,000 per week as salary as Hernandez will reportedly earn.
Now that West Ham have completed the signing of Hernandez and look set to recruit Arnautovic, it is hard to see them making a move for Dembele. It is a mistake and a huge chance gone.