Exclusive: Transfer expert names West Ham’s dream target as update on midfield search provided

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West Ham continue to search for Declan Rice’s replacement following the midfielder’s move to Arsenal and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has named the Hammers’ dream target to fill the role.

The departure of Rice is a big blow to West Ham heading into the new season, but it is one they were expecting, and the London club have been linked to several stars in the meantime as they continue to search for his replacement.

Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Juventus’ Denis Zakaria are two names that have been linked to the London Stadium but Romano says that David Moyes’ dream target is Fulham’s Joao Palhinha.

Writing in his latest exclusive CaughtOffside column, Romano has provided an update on West Ham’s search for a new midfielder.

Joao Palhinha is David Moyes’ dream midfielder

Fabrizio Romano provides an update on West Ham’s search for a midfielder

“Monaco want Zakaria, they have submitted their first bid for the player. It’s now up to West Ham if they want to bid again after initial proposal was rejected by Juventus 15 days ago. Zakaria is still assessing his options, and Monaco could be an interesting option for him as their new manager Adi Hutter knows him well,” Romano said in his latest column.

“James Ward-Prowse is on their list, and Scott McTominay too. Edson Alvarez is also appreciated but is not considered a priority now, as far as I understand. West Ham’s dream target in midfield is Fulham’s Joao Palhinha, but that looks like being a very expensive deal.”

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  1. Every season is the same with West Ham transfers, always last minute deals . Then it 4/5 matches before the player is introduced, by this point in the season we have dropped 6/8points and are sitting in the strongest position in the BOTTOM or just off it. Why do the Hammers always do this. Prime example was goal keeper Areola. Whole season on lone and still took for ever to actually sign him after nearly lossing him. It’s laughable

  2. West ham are the Tory party of the premiership full of promises fulfillers of none of them

    1. If you expect Labour are any different then you have a huge disappointment coming your way

      1. We heard all B/s last time dont trust Labour well who in their right minds would continue with this hopeless Tory lot ,they have already crashed the country and idiots continue to try and blame Labour , 13 years of ruin and you still can’t point any blame at your beloved Tories the party who only govern o for the rich minority .

  3. There all the same, only difference is you don’t pay to watch their lies and dithering. The cost of a ticket etc west ham should stop trying to get things to cheap. If a player is said to be worth 50m west ham offer 20m , 6 weeks later we agree to pay it but the player gone elsewhere and training with his new club. The whole staff need to get there act together and stop telling who we are after

  4. W.H.U. still no vloser to buying a player, now Cresswell wants out and our better players are being sort after by many clubs. Looking like west ham will be an under 21 side just like against Dagenham . It’s the same every transfer window, my only wish now is that one day my 12 yr old see us pick up another trophy at least he has to time to watch and see,

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