Joe Rodon, Wesley Fofana and potential exits: West Ham transfer window state of play


West Ham still have business to do with less than a fortnight remaining of the main transfer window.

The transfer window will close on October 5 and as usual there is set to be a frenzy in the final days – pretty standard stock for the Hammers as they attempt to bolster their squad.

One that closes there is an extension during which Premier League clubs can trade only with those in the Football League and will run from October 5 until 5pm on October 16.

David Moyes, isolating for ten days at his home having returned a positive Covid-19 test on Tuesday, is still desperate to bring in defenders to shore up a backline that shipped 62 goals last season.

It’s been a frustrating summer for Moyes so far as he has failed to bring in any defensive targets that he wants, or any new faces at all for that matter. The only business so far is the £19million permanent recruit of Tomas Soucek, who spent six months on loan at the club last season.

Here’s the state of play when it comes to arrivals and departures in the final days of both windows.

Incomings

As previously mentioned, Moyes is still desperate to sign a centre back and ideally another full back at the very least before the window closes.

The manager has been frustrated in his attempts to recruit James Tarkowski from Burnley, who has been missing from the Clarets’ last three matchday squads. Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has said he doesn’t want to blow the club’s entire transfer budget on one player.

While he didn’t name Tarkowski, it was clear the defender from the “Premier League club who will remain nameless” Sullivan quoted was the Burnley man.

Swansea’s Joe Rodon is also of interest to the Hammers, a defender who has been linked with switches to both Manchester clubs. However, the Swans have yet to receive concrete interest from any potential buyers and that includes West Ham.

Saint-Etienne’s French defender Wesley Fofana

Rodon has only just returned from injury and Swans boss Steve Cooper said of his defender: “For Joe’s progression, he needs a long spell in the team. It’s not like he’s an older player that needs managing.

“He’s been unlucky with injuries. If you talk to him he’ll tell you he feels stronger and fitter. He just needs a bit of luck.”

Reports have claimed that Monaco right Djibril Sidibe has been offered to the Hammers, as has Saint Etienne defender Wesley Fofana. Leicester City have already seen bids rejected for Fofana, a 19-year-old centre half, but reports that the Hammers have bid £33million for the player are far fetched.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are believed to be favourites for his signature despite seing initial approcahes knocked back.

Departures

West Ham still want to trim down their squad but, also still, are struggling to do so. They have been trying all summer to offload players such as Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere.

There has been no interest in taking them off the Hammers’ hands to try and bolster the transfer kitty for incomings and for the time being at least, they will remain at the club.

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The under-23s could have some players exit the club on loan to get some first team football this season. Portuguese trio Xande Silva, Mesaque Dju and Goncalo Cardoso are candidates to head out to the EFL, preferably in the Championship, to get some experience.

Declan Rice is still continually being linked with a move to Chelsea but the stance from West Ham is they do not want to sell.

The latest reports are claiming that Rice will look to force through a move to his former club before the window closes in just under two week’s time.

The stance has always remained the same from the Hammers that they will not entertain any offers for their prized asset.





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