26/07/16 – Lunchtime News Round-Up
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 26 July 2016 at 11:59am
Cresswell injury blow –
The club confirmed yesterday that the horror tackle Aaron suffered at the weekend will cost him and the Hammers his services for 3-4 months depending on whether he requires surgery on the ligament injury. It’s a massive blow for the club/player considering Aaron has only missed one game since he signed from Ipswich Town. The club will now have to go into the market for a replacement as young inexperienced Lewis Page remains the only other left-back in the squad at present. The media haven’t named any names as of yet but one name to possibly keep an eye on is Inter Milan fullback, Davide Santon who has been linked to the club in previous windows and has the versatility of being able to play both fullback positions. Davide played left back whilst at Newcastle and right back for Inter Milan when he returned there.
Calleri flies in for medical? –
Reports in South America have indicated that Jonathan Calleri has left the Argentina Olympic squad to fly to London to undergo his medical with the club to complete his loan move here. Calleri reportedly received his Italian passport last week and is set to tie up his deal with the club.
Bacca Update –
Napoli seem to have interest but they have been working hard to secure a deal for Icardi from Inter to replace the Juventus bound Gonzalo Higuain. Reports have also emerged from Spain this morning that Barcelona may have interest after losing out on Luciano Vietto who has reportedly agreed to join Sevilla on loan. Just as it happens Sevilla was an option that Bacca was considering. I think most get the picture here, if Bacca ever agrees to join the Hammers it wont be until he’s exhausted every option he considers to be a better one first.
Ben Yedder to Arsenal/Sevilla –
Reports have emerged via Canal + that the Toulouse striker will make a decision between Sevilla and Arsenal within the next few hours. This would seem to tie in with the exclusive that our very own ExWHUEmployee brought you in his column last week. The fact that the club were worried about Ben Yedder’s physicality in the Premier League may have meant our interest wasn’t as strong as in other players we are targeting.
Zaza interest remains –
Various reports in Italy seem convinced we haven’t ruled out a move for the Italian international famous for his ridiculous penalty attempt at the recent Euros. He has always maintained that he wants to remain in Serie A and also has a lucrative offer on the table from Wolfsburg but they will not be competing in Europe this season.
Mandukic to join Slav again –
The Daily Mail ran the story yesterday that we are pretty keen on Slav’s former protegé and the fact that Mario would be pretty interested in coming here. His wages may well be an issue but if there is definite interest from both parties this could be the best viable option the Hammers have left should the Bacca deal not materialise.
Lanzini flies home –
Manu Lanzini is currently on his way home to be assessed by the West Ham medical team after suffering a knee injury whilst on duty with Argentina’s Olympic squad.
Oxford joins up with the squad in Austria –
After his efforts for England U19’s at the European Championships, young defender, Reece Oxford has joined up with Slav’s squad in Austria to prepare for the club’s Europa League tie in Slovenia on Thursday. Reece will be a welcome addition to the squad as Slav is already missing James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna as both are not due to return from their breaks until next week.
Bradford want Cullen back –
Local Bradford news outlet Telegraph and Angus are reporting that the League One club want the young Irish midfielder back on loan next season but West Ham will not agree to the loan yet until they have concluded all of their transfer business in this window and know their squad depth.