The Hammers are enjoying another hugely successful season under the tutelage of manager David Moyes and could look to strengthen his first-team squad considerably in the summer.
What is the latest news involving West Ham?
According to the Evening Standard, West Ham had a club-record £60 million bid rejected for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in the January transfer window.
But Portuguese outlet A Bola (as relayed by Sport Witness), have recently claimed that the capital club ‘have followed’ the 22-year-old ‘more insistently’ than his other potential suitors.
Another reported target is Leeds United winger Raphinha. The Mirror have named West Ham as one of several interested parties in the Brazil international, who appears destined for the Elland Road exit door.
The report states that Moyes’ charges saw a £55m offer turned down for the skilful attacker during the winter, but Barcelona now appear to be in the driving seat to secure his signature.
And West Ham also showed an eagerness to prise Raphinha’s teammate Kalvin Phillips away from Leeds as well.
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The Sun revealed that the defensive midfielder was also a failed January target, while The Times disclosed the east London outfit now face extensive competition from Aston Villa, who are prepared to meet his £60m price tag.
Meanwhile, The Evening Standard stated how West Ham have now entered the race to sign Lille defender Sven Botman – who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt – as they attempt to remain in the upper echelons of the Premier League for many years to come.
What has O’Rourke said about West Ham?
Despite The Irons’ impressive form over the last couple of campaigns, O’Rourke believes bringing in the likes of Nunez, Raphinha, Phillips and Botman will be a tough task.
He told GiveMeSport: “I think it will be a struggle for West Ham to try and sign the calibre of those players; they’re going to be big fees, those targets that have been linked with West Ham.”
Can West Ham sign these players?
The calibre of player that West Ham will be able to attract to the London Stadium will largely depend on where they finish this season.
If they can secure a place in the Champions League by finishing in the top four or winning the Europa League, then a switch to the Hammers will suddenly become a lot more appealing.
Therefore, West Ham will surely be hoping they can earn a spot in Europe’s elite cup competition next term and entice some of Europe’s top talents to the club.