West Ham United are still targeting signings during the transfer window, with an attacking midfielder “definitely on the radar.”
That is according to Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the Irons’ remaining transfer plans before Nikola Vlašic’s loan move to Torino was confirmed.
David Moyes has welcomed five permanent signings to the London Stadium so far this season, but is yet to add an attacking midfielder to the squad thus far, with Vlašic joining Torino on a season-long loan, whilst Saïd Benrahma looks to be on his way out of the club after reports suggested that the club are willing to listen to offers for the Algerian.
Fabrizio Romano claimed earlier in August that the club had enquired about the availability of Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski this season, but nothing has come of that move as of yet.
And O’Rourke believes that the club will still be on the hunt for an attacking midfielder, before the window closes.
“I’m not sure a centre-forward is what they’re looking for right now.
“An attacking player I think is definitely on the radar for West Ham, an attacking midfielder.
“Obviously, Vlašic is looking like he’s on his way out, while Benrahma could also leave as well.
“So those players would need replacing, so maybe an attacking midfielder I think is West Ham’s top target right now.”
TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments
We believe that West Ham fans will accept that the signing of an attacking midfielder is a necessity, especially with the possible departure of Benrahma suggesting that Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini are the only players in the squad capable of playing in the number ten role this season.
With Moyes favouring a 4-2-3-1 system, an attacking midfielder is absolutely critical to the success of the Irons this season and the club will need options, with the Scotsman having to juggle a domestic and Europa Conference League campaign this season.
Therefore, we think that the club should be looking to get an advanced midfielder in as quickly as possible, so that the club has enough options to compete in all competitions this season, should the club reach the Europa Conference League group stages.