West Ham United are preparing for a big season ahead.
Last term was a disappointing campaign for the London side as they flailed through the Premier League season.
David Moyes' side struggled to build any sort of momentum and found themselves battling relegation as they returned to action post-lockdown.
Thankfully they did just enough to avoid the drop, but for supporters it was a little too close for comfort.
This summer the focus has to be strengthening the squad if they're to avoid suffering a similar fate this time around.
Unfortunately that hasn't quite gone to plan so far.
Tomas Soucek has arrived on a permanent deal from Slavia Prague, but otherwise it's been incredibly quiet around the London Stadium.
Thankfully things could be about to heat up.
Grady Diangana is in talks over a permanent move to West Brom for a fee of £18million.
While it's disappointing to see a talented young player moving on, it could free up vital funds for Moyes to strengthen his first team squad.
According to reports from the Evening Standard, they may have found their next conquest.
It's claimed that West Ham are plotting a move for Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Valued at £16.1million by Transfermarkt, the Bologna starlet is attracting plenty of attention from the Premier League.
Alongside the Hammers, Newcastle United are also said to be keen on a move.
A left-back by trade, the defender can also play in central defence or in a holding midfield role, meaning that he could be a versatile addition to Moyes' squad.
With 18 caps for Japan to his name, there's no doubt that West Ham would be getting a player with considerable experience consider his tender age of 21.
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
West Ham really need to get themselves into gear this summer.
After the way that last season transpired, they are in desperate need of additions if they're to avoid another relegation battle.
Full-back has been a problem area for the Hammers for a while now, and this would certainly be a move that could solve that issue.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is only 21 years of age, and that means that his best days are very much ahead of him.
But the Japan international is more than just potential.
After thriving with Bologna, he looks ready to hit the ground running in the Premier League.
West Ham need to get this one over the line, otherwise I worry for how the season will pan out for the London side.
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