West Ham United are hoping to bring in two new players before the end of the domestic transfer window.
The international transfer window closed on Monday, but Premier League clubs are still allowed to bring in players from the EFL until October 16th, and reports suggest that the Hammers will dip into the lower leagues in search of a centre-back and a winger to replace the outgoing Felipe Anderson.
Anderson signed for the east Londoners from Lazio in July 2018 for a then-club record fee. After a positive start to life in the Premier League, the Brazilian went off the boil, scoring just one league goal last season. The 27-year-old has fallen out of favour with manager David Moyes, and has since gone out on loan to Porto – leaving the Hammers light on the wings.
The Evening Standard suggest that West Ham are set to replace the former Santos man in the coming days, with Brentford star Said Benrahma and Bournemouth’s Josh King named as potential targets.
Benrahma has been strongly linked with a move away from Griffin Park all summer, following a spectacular season in the second tier which saw him score 17 and assist a further nine for the Bees. Crystal Palace and Arsenal have also been named as potential suitors for the Algerian.
However, King appears to be a more likely prospect, with The Telegraph reporting that Moyes is set to battle West Brom for the Norwegian’s signature.
The former Manchester United academy graduate enjoyed an impressive spell at Bournemouth before their relegation, scoring 50 goals in 167 league appearances. The Norway international is apparently seeking a return to the top flight.
Meanwhile, West Ham are still in the hunt for a central defender before the close of the transfer window.
The backline has needed strengthening at the London Stadium, having conceded the fifth-most goals in the league last year. Moyes currently only has Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, and Fabian Balbuena available to pick from at centre-back.
It’s been a quiet window so far for the Hammers, bringing in only midfielder Tomas Soucek and right-back Vladimir Coufal.