What and who West Ham need to buy this summer

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A big summer transfer window is ahead for West Ham, we’ve identified the positions and players they should go for.

David Moyes’ side will surely need at least six players and there remains the added concern of star man Declan Rice leaving.

The ability to sign and keep certain players will depend on where West Ham will play next season with Champions League, Europa League, Conference League and no European football at all, all still possibilities.

West Ham have a vital transfer window approaching, here is what and who the club need to sign.

West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola makes a fine save versus Sevilla in the Europa League.

West Ham United’s French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola makes a good save during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg football match between West Ham United and Sevilla at The London Stadium.

Goalkeeper

Starting at the back, Lukasz Fabianski has been good throughout this season in the Premier League, however, he is nearly 37 years old. Alphonse Areola, on loan from PSG, has been the second choice playing in most cup matches but his stay at the club is set to end in the summer therefore the Hammers need a new stopper to compete with Fabianski and take the first choice role in the long-term, maybe even from next season.

West Ham have two ways to keep Areola in East London, renewing the loan for another year or buying him permanently. He is a top class goalkeeper with age on his side, popular with fans and settled in claret and blue, the club should strongly consider keeping him.

Potential signings: Alphonse Areola, Sam Johnstone, Dean Henderson

 

Centre-Back

Kurt Zouma is without a doubt the best centre-back at the club. Craig Dawson has been exceptional alongside him for most of this season and is adored by the fans but West Ham could still need a new partner for Zouma. This is because how good Angelo Ogbonna will be when he returns from a lengthy injury is unknown, plus he is a veteran now, Dawson is great but does have some limitations and Issa Diop has been inconsistent and could depart if a good bid comes in for him.

A young central defender is needed, possibly a left footer like Ogbonna is which would allow for more balance in defence and bring Zouma back to the right hand side where he is more comfortable.

Potential signings: Duje Caleta-Car, Lloyd Kelly, Nikola Milenkovic, James Tarkowski, Joe Worrall, Mohamed Salisu

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