West Ham identify Lingard alternative and Hammers battle Arsenal for Hibernian star

22 July 2021 0 By Total Football News

In this article we will bring you all of today’s West Ham United transfer news. Make sure to check back tomorrow for more updates.

Declan Rice unhappy

Declan Rice has cemented himself as a West Ham star in the past two seasons, as well as excelling for England at the European Championships, helping them reach the final of the 2020 tournament.

However, he may not be staying in east London for too much longer if reports are to be believed, with Chelsea and Manchester United both interested in landing the 100 million pound midfielder.

“West Ham guaranteed Declan Rice they would build the squad around him this summer. He feels this hasn’t happened yet due to the lack of signings.

“He currently won’t accept a new deal and wants to be notified of any bids.”

@ExWHUemployee via @WestHamViews_

— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) July 22, 2021

Indeed, according to trusted twitter account ExWHUemployee [via Simon Phillips], Rice feels as though the Hammers have not made enough progress this transfer window, and wishes to be kept abreast of any bids that come in for the Englishman.

Can either United or Chelsea tempt West Ham with a large enough bid?

Hammers battle Arsenal for Hibernian full-back

With Aaron Cresswell the undisputed first choice for West Ham, Moyes’ side will be looking for a backup option that can move into a first team role in the future.

As a result, Josh Doig, currently of Hibernian, has emerged as a target according to the Evening Standard.

The full-back, currently 19 years old, has impressed in the Scottish top tier, and had allegedly drawn interest from Arsenal previously.

Hibernian need to drop their asking price from around £5million before Arsenal and West Ham make a move.

Both keen but don’t want to overpay for a 19-year-old. #AFC #WHUFC https://t.co/rH5hXs7MjY

— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) July 22, 2021

However, neither side at present appear willing to meet the 5 million pounds asking price that Hibs have set, with a price around 2.5 million pounds the maximum that either club would be willing to offer at present, although this may change as the window draws on.

Will West Ham be able to get their man?

West Ham identify Jesse Lingard replacement

Jesse Lingard proved a revelation at West Ham in the second half of the season, registering nine goals and five assists in his 16 appearances for David Moyes’ side and helping to propel them into the Europa League places.

However, it seems as though his future lies away from the London Stadium, with Ole Gunnar Solskjear saying:

 “I expect him at Man Utd at the start of the season.”

As a result, the Hammers have turned their attentions elsewhere, with their sights now seemingly set on West Bromwich Albion’s Matheus Pereira.

The Brazilian creator impressed despite being in a poor West Brom side last campaign, grabbing 11 goals and a further six assists in 30 Premier League appearances. Now in the Championship, he is expected to move on from the Hawthorns this summer.

Could East London be his next destination?

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