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.
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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.
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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.
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