West Ham have already signed three players so far in the transfer window, including a coup in £10 million Dimitri Payet. Amid a range of targets one name that has stood out is Payet’s international teammate Yohan Cabaye.
The midfielder joined PSG on a three and a half year deal in January 2014, making 36 appearances for the club, with around half coming from the bench. Recent reports have linked him with a move to Crystal Palace in order to return to former boss Alan Pardew, however it seems the Hammers are also interested in the 29-year-old.
The problem for the Irons is their lack of funds, with a fee of at least £10 million expected to be needed to prise Cabaye away. After the arrival of Obiang and the likely signature of Alex Song on a permanent deal, strengthening the central midfield role is not a priority for West Ham boss Slaven Bilic who appears keen to solidify his defence before looking elsewhere.
Ogbonna and Jenkinson are the most likely candidates to fill the defensive gaps, and with Ogbonna likely to swallow a large chunk of the clubs transfer funds they will most likely need to offload a player before they move for anyone else.
Many fans would be surprised to hear that Stewart Downing could be the one to exit, following a revival at the beginning of the season with six assists before the mid point of the season. Even more surprising is the mentioned destination, with Middlesbrough apparently topping the list.
The club have stated that they do not wish to sell Downing, however with 'Boro apparently willing to launch a “massive” offer for the ex-England international the club could be tempted to accept. The player, however, is another matter. Currently with West Ham he is competing in the Europa League and a move to his former side would see him lose this, as well as his Premier League status.
While this deal seems unlikely to happen, with West Ham reportedly rejecting a £5 million bid already, if they wish to bring Cabaye to East London they will have to consider letting him go, meaning an offer of close to £8m may see Downing part with West Ham after two seasons.
The sale would be a bold move as Cabaye is not guaranteed to prefer West Ham to Palace, however should they secure the funds they will feel confident that they can make the deal happen.