West Ham United still want three signings, but struggle to shed Nikola Vlasic on loan due to wages
West Ham are still aiming to bring in three more signings before the close of the transfer window, and will let the same number leave, The Guardian reports.
After missing out on Filip Kostic and Amadou Onana they are continuing to target a left-back and a midfielder, with PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare a target despite his new contract in Eindhoven, as well as a central defender to cover for Nayef Aguerd’s injury.
In the opposite direction Issa Diop is now on his way to Fulham after asking not to be included in the opening loss to Manchester City, despite a dearth of options with Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna also unavailable.
In addition to the French defender the Hammers are ready to let big-money flop Nikola Vlasic leave, as well as Said Benrahma.
According to Jacob Steinberg in The Guardian, Torino want to take the Czech winger on loan but don’t want to cover his wages to do so.
Ins and outs
The flat nature of the loss to City, and the crisis in defence, have put a negative shine on the start of the season after a transfer window that had done a lot to raise expectations.
The fact that the new signings were not yet fit to start means there are improvements still to come, but needing a new midfielder still when Amadou Onana was sat in the stands watching Everton lose to Chelsea this weekend (6 August) is frustrating.
A new defender is surely the most urgent acquisition, and it looks like Paris Saint-Germain’s German international Thilo Kherer is the most likely candidate at present, after Ben Johnson had to line up against Erling Haaland at the London Stadium.
Diop was being kept around for specifically this situation, but if he is not longer interested then there is no benefit to holding on to him.
Considering the injury luck of West Ham centre-backs it is perhaps easy to see why he didn’t want to risk getting one himself when he has an avenue across town open to him, not that that was any help to the Irons.
David Moyes never seems particularly sold on Benrahma but he is still a capable contributor, while Vlasic has never really done anything to prove that he is.
Moving either of them on only makes sense if they can bring in decent cash or their wages can be taken off the bill, so Torino will need to change their tune or face missing out.