Matheus Pereira, Danny Ings, Phil Jones – West Ham transfer latest with rumours assessed

West Ham begin their Premier League campaign in a little over two weeks and, so far, they will be doing so with an almost unchanged starting XI to last season.

Currently, the Hammers will go into the new season with just three new players, however, the new signings have all been made with one eye on the future as Thierry Nevers, Pierre Ekwah and Armstrong Oko-Flex are all just 19 years old.

David Moyes will be without one of the starting XI from the final game of last season in the form of Jesse Lingard. The England international returned to Manchester United following his Hammers loan spell and is currently set to remain at Old Trafford and fight for a spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

football.london understands that Moyes’ priority is to sign a striker, however, there are a number of positions that West Ham are keen to strengthen before the end of the transfer window on August 31.

We have taken a look at a few of the names being linked with a move to the London Stadium.

Goalkeeper

Alphonse Areola

The links to the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper continue, with the former Fulham player not in consideration for first-team football in Paris.

West Ham are reported to be progressing with negotiations for the French World Cup winner. However, according to RMC Sport in France, the Hammers are in no rush to seal a deal because they are in a strong position with little interest from other clubs, and seeing as Moyes can call upon Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham are not in desperate need of a new goalkeeper this summer.

football.london view: Whilst Areola would be an excellent signing for the Hammers, it is not a priority position and getting a good deal could be worth the wait.



Alphonse Areola celebrates after winning the French Cup (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Alphonse Areola celebrates after winning the French Cup (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Defenders

Phil Jones

The Manchester United defender is a man well known to Moyes from his time at Old Trafford and is clearly unwanted by Solskjaer after failing to make a first-team appearance in 18 months.

Jones could be available on a free transfer and West Ham are said to be waiting to see if the 27-time capped England international will consider a deal largely based around appearances and performance.

football.london view: If Jones agrees to a low basic wage, topped up by performance-related bonuses, the risk to West Ham is minimal. However, his recent injury record suggests Jones would be at best a squad player rather than a regular starter and the Hammers should look at younger, less injury-plagued options.

Nat Phillips

The Liverpool centre-back was thrust into first-team action for the Reds following season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Phillips is likely to drop down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order with his first-choice defenders returning to fitness and West Ham could offer the former Bolton man the chance of regular football. The £15million rated centre-back is a wanted man with the Hammers facing competition from Newcastle and Burnley.

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football.london view: At 24-years-old, Phillips’ best years are ahead of him, he has gained Premier League and European experience and has proven he is a capable defender at the level West Ham require. Playing alongside an experienced defender such as Angelo Ogbonna could see Phillips thrive in the claret and blue of West Ham.

Jens Stryger Larsen

Danish international Stryger Larsen is a versatile defender who can also play in midfield and brings a wealth of experience to the table.

With just 12 months remaining on his contract at Udinese, the Dane could be available for a modest fee in the region of £4m and would provide cover across the backline.

football.london view: Whilst Stryger Larsen would be a fine signing, a centre-back is the priority in defence and the Dane is more comfortable at right-back, a position the Hammers are well stocked in with Vladimir Coufal, Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson.



Sven Botman has impressed for Lille this season (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Sven Botman has impressed for Lille this season (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Sven Botman

The 21-year-old Dutch defender is a man in demand with West Ham just one of a number of clubs keen on the centre-back, according to Sky Sports.

Botman is being lined up by Atalanta to replace Tottenham-bound Cristian Romero and the Dutchman is said to be keen on the move.

However, West Ham are set to challenge the Italians for his signature with a deal that could come to a fee in the region of £27m. This will not be an easy signing with Crystal Palace, Newcastle and a host of Bundesliga clubs all monitoring Botman’s situation.

football.london view: Botman is exactly the type of player West Ham should be looking at. A ball-playing centre-back brought up in the Ajax academy, young yet experienced having won Ligue 1 in France with Lille last season and he has the ability to get even better.

Midfielders

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

England international Oxlade-Chamberlain is a versatile player but has seen his career hampered with injury. The 27-year-old would be an asset to most Premier League clubs when fully fit, but if that were the case, Liverpool would be unlikely to want to lose the 35-time capped international.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made just 13 appearances last season, failing to build on the 25 starts he made in the previous campaign as he helped Liverpool to a long-awaited first Premier League title.

football.london view: A risky move considering his injury record and, unfortunately, despite his quality one probably not worth taking unless the Hammers can seal a loan deal without an obligation to buy.

Matheus Pereira

Despite relegation with West Brom, Pereira had a fine season and proved he could cut it in the Premier League.

The attacking midfielder would fill the void left by Lingard and could add both goals and assists to the Hammers’ attack. The Baggies are looking for £25m for their man, according to Birmingham Live, and West Ham face stiff competition from Leicester City, Leeds United and Saudi side Al-Hilal.

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football.london view: Pereira would provide West Ham with much-needed creativity in attack and would be an excellent signing. Eleven Premier League goals and six assists in a poor West Brom team showed what he is capable of and at 25 years old there is plenty more to come from the Brazilian.



Matheus Pereira in action against West Ham (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Matheus Pereira in action against West Ham (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jesse Lingard

West Ham fans need no introduction to Lingard after his superb half-season on loan at the London Stadium last time out.

Lingard’s future is still unsettled with the England international seemingly willing to fight for a spot at Manchester United. However, with just 12 months left on his current deal his long-term future is unclear.

football.london view: If West Ham can persuade Lingard to return to London then they should. The impact he made at the Hammers was huge and his loan spell was a mutually beneficial one, any deal for the 28-year-old would be seen as a massive coup for the club.

Strikers

Tammy Abraham

Chelsea are understood to be open to offers for Abraham, however, at £40m the striker does not come cheap.

The Hammers desperately need a new striker and this weakness in their squad is so apparent it does not leave them in a strong negotiating position.

Competition for Abraham is set to be fierce, with Arsenal one of a number of clubs also said to be keen on the 23-year-old.

football.london view: At 23, Abraham has a long career ahead of him and could become the Hammers’ main striker for years to come. Whilst expensive, West Ham’s need for a striker is so clear the club should go all out to bring in the Chelsea man.

Danny Ings

A proven Premier League performer who, had it not been for injury, may have pushed onto greater heights.

Ings has just one year left on his current contract with Southampton and is not likely to sign a new one, meaning a deal that does not break the bank should be achievable.

The Saints striker notched 12 goals in 29 league games last season and 22 in 38 the season before, at 29 he is in his prime and is reportedly available for £25m, according to The Mirror.

football.london view: Ings would be an excellent signing for West Ham, a proven Premier League goalscorer who could have his game time managed in conjunction with Michail Antonio in order to minimise the risk of injury to two players who do not have a great record in that respect.

Cheaper than Abraham and with more experience, Ings could be the perfect solution to the Hammers long-standing issue upfront.

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