West Ham United have been tipped to enter the race to sign Conor Gallagher this summer by respected football journalist Ryan Taylor.
The truth: a busy summer
The Hammers have already spent big during the transfer window and look set to push the spending beyond the £125.15million they have already splashed out over the next few days.
Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta is apparently set to arrive at the London stadium, while links persist with Club Brugge captain Hans Vanaken and Arsenal outcast Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Now another name could also be in the mix as a reliable source suggests the Irons could be among those looking to land 22-year-old midfielder Gallagher before the September 1 deadline…
The last: “In the mix”
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Taylor, a reporter for the Daily Express – backed West Ham to enter the pursuit of the four-cap England star.
He said: “I think there could be some movement on that front, but it may depend on whether or not Chelsea sign someone.
“If there’s any movement, I would expect West Ham to be completely in on it.”
There have been previous suggestions that the Irons hierarchy see Gallagher as this year’s Jesse Lingard, in terms of adding an injection of energy to their attacking ranks.
The verdict: Room for one more?
Having already added Flynn Downes to the midfield department in the summer, potentially signing three other central options – Paqueta, Vanaken and Gallagher – could be deemed excessive by GSB.
However, returning from a loan spell at MK Dons last season, Conor Coventry is yet to prove himself at Premier League level, having made just a brief six-minute appearance against Manchester City on the day of the match. the opening.
As such, allowing Coventry to return on loan is not necessarily out of the question and could allow the east Londoners to add Gallagher to Moyes’ ranks alongside Paqueta and Vanaken.
Last season, the Chelsea academy graduate – who has been described as ‘extraordinary’ by Thomas Tuchel – scored eight times and provided five assists in 39 appearances in all competitions on loan at Crystal Palace.
Valued at £22.5m and contracted until 2025 (Transfermarkt), a loan move looks like the best option at this stage and would allow all parties to get their squads in order.