West Ham endured an abysmal season in 2019/20.
It didn't matter how much Mario Husillos spent, it all rather went down the drain after a nightmare campaign. The Irons finished in 16th place and out went both Manuel Pellegrini and Husillos himself.
David Moyes is now in charge and it remains to be seen whether he'll be any better at improving the squad from a recruitment point of view.
Adding Jarrod Bowen to their ranks in January was a good start but a lot more needs to be done - they also need to sign proven players capable of performing in the Premier League.
Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals may come good in time, but they struggled for consistency throughout much of their debut year in England.
Thomas Soucek looks a solid addition, scoring against Chelsea and forming a nice partnership with Declan Rice, but there is a lingering threat that he could depart.
West Ham are already identifying replacements, so it would seem, and one could arrive from Spain.
The Sunday Mirror reported last weekend that the Hammers are eyeing a move for Barcelona starlet Monchu.
Captain of their B team, a team that competed in the third tier of Spanish football last term, he's been catching the eye of a number of teams on the continent.
The Irons are seeking a loan move for the midfielder but any deal could be incredibly complicated.
That's because the 20-year-old's wages must be paid in full and a £36m obligation to buy included in the terms.
On top of that, Barcelona want a two-year buy-back clause in case they want to re-sign him.
Juventus had an £18m bid rejected for his services while Real Sociedad and Real Betis are also interested parties.
GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...
This would be a mighty coup if the Irons could pull this deal off.
Yes, West Ham need proven players, but Monchu is an exceptional talent.
The midfielder has already been compared to the great Xavi for his leadership and technique while he is a fantastic box-to-box player.
He can play in a holding role or slightly further forward, scoring ten goals and creating three assists in 2019/20.
Not only can he find the back of the net, but he's also an aggressive player that's strong in the tackle - something his considerable haul of 13 yellow cards attests to.
Monchu has already played in the Champions League for Barcelona and appears to be going from strength to strength.
There is a reason the Catalan giants want a buy-back clause in any deal they conclude.
He is supremely talented and already has 66 senior appearances to his name for Barca's B team.
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