West Ham United have reportedly got a number of targets still in mind heading into the final stages of the summer transfer window.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, names such as Mario Lemina, Diego Llorente, Fyodor Chalov and Neal Maupay find themselves on West Ham’s list of targets as the transfer window enters the home straight.
It has been a promising summer for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Their club record was broken to bring Sebastien Haller to the London Stadium, while Pablo Fornals looks to be an inspired addition for the Hammers.
And heading into the final stages of the summer, it appears that Pellegrini has a number of names still on his wishlist. The Daily Mail reports that the Irons have their eye on Southampton midfielder Lemina, Real Socieded centre-back Llorente, and strikers Chalov and Maupay, who play for CSKA Moscow and Brentford respectively.
Of the quartet, Lemina appears to be the player who would be the easiest to prise away from his current club. The Gabon international has played no part in the Saints’ pre-season, and the Daily Echo has recently suggested that Ralph Hasenhuttl will need to move players on before he can get any more signings in.
The Mail suggests that Guillermo Maripan is the defender most likely to join West Ham this summer, but Llorente would be a very good signing if Pellegrini did get something done. He reads the game well and is very comfortable playing out from the back.
Maupay went into this summer off the back of a superb season with the Bees, scoring 25 goals in the Championship. He looks to be destined to play in the Premier League sooner or later, but Thomas Frank’s men are surely not going to make it at all easy for another club to lure him away. The Sun reported earlier in the window that Brentford want £15 million for the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggested that the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were interested in £20 million-rated Chalov, so it would be a coup for the Hammers if they could get something done.