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The dust hasn’t even settled after a blockbuster summer of transfer action. Still, we are already looking ahead to what the January window might have in store for the Premier League, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

With that in mind, Football FanCast has gathered some of the latest transfer rumours concerning the potential incomings and outgoings we might see at West Ham United in the January transfer window.

Players West Ham signed in the summer

The Hammers made five additions


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After a languid start to their business in the summer – one that left them as the only Premier League team not to sign a player at one point – the Hammers ended the window looking much more robust than when they first started in some areas of the team.

The first signing to come through the door was Mexico international Edson Alvarez, who joined from Dutch giants Ajax in a deal worth around £34m. Considering he was heavily linked to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea last summer, this represented a coup for the club.

That said, perhaps the most exciting signing of the summer for David Moyes and co is Ghanaian star Mohammed Kudus, who, just like Alvarez, joined from Ajax, this time in a deal worth £38m. The 23-year-old scored 11 goals in 19 league starts last season, so it’s no surprise to see the excitement this transfer has caused amongst the Hammers faithful.

The final significant arrival of the summer for the east Londoners was Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, who joined the club in a deal worth £30m.

For as brilliant a signing as this is, it always felt like one that was destined to happen once the Saints were relegated at the end of last season.

Player

From

Fee

Mohammed Kudus

Ajax

£38m

Edson Álvarez

Ajax

£35m

James Ward-Prowse

Southampton

£30m

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Stuttgart

£20m

Andy Irving

SK Austria Klagenfurt

Undisclosed

Players West Ham sold in the summer

The East London club offloaded seven players


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There is no escaping from the fact that the most significant piece of business done by West Ham this summer was the sale of club captain Declan Rice to cross-city rivals Arsenal. The Gunners paid £105m to secure the 24-year-old’s signature – a new record for a British player.

However, the midfielder was not the only player to leave the London Stadium this summer, with forwards Gianluca Scamacca and Nikola Vlasic waving goodbye to the East End. Both strikers moved to Italy, with the former joining Atalanta in a deal worth £27m and the latter signing for Torino for £12m.

Club hero Manuel Lanzini also said his goodbyes to the West Ham faithful and joined Argentinian giants River Plate on a free.

Player

To

Fee

Declan Rice

Arsenal

£105m

Gianluca Scamacca

Atalanta

£27m

Nikola Vlasic

Torino

£12m

Arthur Masuaku

Besiktas

£1m

Manuel Lanzini

River Plate

Free

Flynn Downes

Southampton

Loan

Andy Irving

SK Austria Klagenfurt

Loan

Players West Ham could sign in January

Steven Bergwijn has been linked to the London Stadium


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Steven Bergwijn – Ajax: According to reports from the Netherlands (via TeamTalk), West Ham United are very interested in signing Ajax star Steven Bergwijn this January as they look to bolster their attacking options.

The reports have revealed that West Ham’s Technical Director Tim Steidten is a massive fan of the winger and has now learned what it would take to bring the former Tottenham Hotspur man to the London Stadium.

The fee that has been reported is in the region of €40m (£35m), which, while certainly not cheap, could prove to be good value if the 26-year-old can replicate his Ajax form in the East End.

Last season, the Dutch international found the back of the net 12 times and provided five assists in 28 league starts, and he is on track to do even better this year with five goals in just ten starts, per WhoScored.

There will, of course, be some hesitation from West Ham fans given the player’s struggles for Tottenham a few years ago, but it is not unheard of for a forward to struggle with one club and thrive with another in the same league, so this may be a risk worth taking for the Irons.

Zaidu Sanusi – Porto: According to TeamTalk, West Ham United have been impressed by Porto left-back Zaidu Sanusi and are actively interested in the 26-year-old Nigerian.

The report has revealed that the Hammers are ‘working hard’ to find a new left-back ahead of the January window and that the Porto man has caught their eye the most, so much so that technical director Steidten has been closely watching the player himself.

There has been no mention of price regarding this deal, but with his current deal extending to 2027, it’ll likely cost the Hammers a pretty penny.

Hugo Ekitiké – Paris Saint-Germain: According to Football Insider, The Hammers could revisit a deal for the French forward this winter with Moyes keen to add to his attacking ranks.

Hugo Ekitiké was in talks with West Ham chiefs leading up to the transfer window deadline in the summer but ultimately the deal failed to come to fruition.

The 21-year-old has seen his game time significantly reduced this term since Luis Enrique’s arrival, having appeared for just eight minutes in Ligue 1.

As such, he could be a much more viable option for the Irons than Solanke, who is a crucial figure for the relegation-threatened Cherries.

Solanke would require a sizable fee to be outlaid and even then, it would appear pretty unlikely that the South Coast club would sanction a deal midseason.

Although, Ekitiké is also said to be attracting interest from Newcastle United, who would provide stiff competition given their trajectory and financial power.

Oscar Mingueza – Celta Vigo: According to reports from Spain (via CaughtOffside), West Ham United are interested in signing Celta Vigo’s 24-year-old defender Oscar Mingueza this January.

The report has revealed that the Hammers are looking for new defensive cover and are willing to spend a reasonable amount to do so, meaning it will all come down to how willing the La Liga side are to do business during the season.

The fee required to complete any deal is said to be in the region of €20m – about £18m – which is certainly within the Irons’ budget.

The Spanish centre-back has started 12 league games this season, scored one goal, provided one assist, maintained a passing accuracy of 78.3%, won one Man of the Match award and averaged a match rating of 6.58, per WhoScored.

The report has also claimed that the player could quickly adapt to the Premier League and that, with the right coaching, could end up being a ‘bargain’ at £18m.

We’ll have to wait and see.

Players who could leave West Ham in January

Four players are being linked with a winter exit


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Last Update

Player

Potential Destination

Potential Fee

30th October

Divin Mubama

Unknown

Unknown

18th October

Nayef Aguerd

Saudi Pro League

Unknown

18th October

Kurt Zouma

Saudi Pro League

Unknown

26th September

Pablo Fornals

Sevilla

Unknown

Divin Mubama: According to The Athletic, West Ham United’s exciting young striker Divin Mubama has turned down a recent contract extension from the club, causing speculation that he could soon be on his way out of East London.

The 19-year-old is entering the final year of his contract..

With his deal set to expire and his apparent unwillingness to sign on the dotted line, the club could be forced into selling him this January so as not to lose him for free next year.

How West Ham could line up in January

Could Michail Antonio be replaced?


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If the Hammers can pull off the rumoured signings mentioned above in the new year, how will that impact the team – and could they make it into the starting lineup?

Well, Maatsen would have to compete with Emerson Palmieri at left-back, and certainly wouldn’t automatically supersede the 30-cap Italy international, ordinarily.

But given Maatsen’s current situation at Chelsea, with the 21-year-old keen on finding a pathway to regular starting opportunities, he likely wouldn’t join the Hammers without strong assurances regarding playing time.

The rumoured frontmen Guirassy and Solanke would have to compete with Michael Antonio for a spot in Moyes’ XI, although with how much the Bournemouth man might cost the club, he would likely start ahead of the other two.

Both Matviyenko and Ekitike arguably represent upgrades on the players that the Hammers already have in those positions. Ekitike, for example, will have a strong case of starting over the likes of Antonio and Danny Ings up top, as both are nearer the end of their careers and neither of them has shown themselves to be prolific enough to help the team progress up the table.

In the case of Matviyenko, his ability to play in any position along the backline would almost guarantee his place in the starting XI most weeks – even if it isn’t always in the same position.

The possible arrival of Caceres would see the Uruguayan compete with Kurt Zouma at right centre-back, or alternatively, Moyes will opt to rotate the pair with the East Londoners expected to reach the latter stages of the Europa League.

Though, Moyes’ side will do well to land the defender anyhow, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, amongst others, interested in acquiring his services.

Were the club to sign Oscar Mingueza, he might have to make do with a place on the bench in his first few months, as it seems unlikely that Moyes would instantly throw him into the deep end.

Should the Hammers pip their Premier League rivals to his signature, it’ll likely require assurances over game time.

It would be the same situation if the club signed Joao Neves, as the sincere interest from sides like Manchester City and Manchester United would likely force Moyes into guaranteeing the youngster game time at the London Stadium.

In which case, he might end up taking the place of Ward-Prowse in the starting XI should he put pen to paper for the Irons.

Giménez is another rumoured striker and should a deal materialise, the Feyenoord frontman would likely slot straight into Moyes’ 11.

Finally, Steven Bergwijn would likely start his career at West Ham on the substitutes bench and play his way into a starting role as the season progresses.

Potential West Ham XI (4-2-3-1) Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Matviyenko, Maatsen; Alvarez, Neves; Bowen, Smith Rowe, Paqueta; Giménez.

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