West Ham United: Jefferson Lerma wants London move as transfer talk emerges
Jefferson Lerma is believed to be keen on a move to London as West Ham remain in the hunt for the Bournemouth midfielder, according to talkSPORT.
The 28-year-old’s future hangs in the balance, with his contract on the South Coast set to expire in two games time (talkSPORT, 18 May). It’s understood the Colombian could sign a new deal with the Cherries despite reports of him rejecting a new deal.
It’s believed West Ham and Crystal Palace are monitoring his situation along with clubs from Spain. It’s understood a move to the capital does appeal to the Colombian.
This would certainly be an astute piece of business by the board if they can get a deal over the line. Lerma is in the prime of his career and looks to be playing with supreme confidence. Bournemouth deserve a lot of credit for securing their Premier League survival this season and the 28-year-old has been vitally important to Gary O’Neil’s side.
Picking up a player for free with bundles of experience could well be a route for the Hammers to go down. Last summer, the club dished out extortionate amounts on transfer fees. There could be a change of tact this time around. The likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta have failed to live up to their huge transfer fees.
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Potentially delving back into the Championship and free-agent market could be the way for West Ham to go. Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio have all cut their teeth in the second tier and it’s a market David Moyes should be looking to exploit once more.