West Ham United’s boss, Manuel Pellegrini seeks to add a left-back to the ranks once the January transfer window is underway as he thinks Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku aren’t going to be long-term reliant players.
The Chilean will already be on the look-out for a left-back who can stay at the club for a considerable amount of time as the Hammers look to strengthen and solidify their defence for the coming seasons.
This means bad news for either Aaron Cresswell or Arthur Masuaku as the boss at West Ham doesn’t find them reliable anymore. No definite names have come up in rumours yet. But two names in Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal have been taken by Claret & Hugh.
Luke Shaw for one hasn’t had the time he dreamed of at Old Trafford and a move away from the Theatre of Dreams might prove beneficial for Shaw’s dreams.
Although he has fought his way back into the plans of Jose Mourinho, his contract runs out towards the end of the seasons. West Ham would find it difficult to meet his wage demands though.
Nacho Monreal too has a contract with Arsenal that will expire towards the end of the season, should Emery choose to extend it. At most, he could provide a short-term solution for Pellegrini, but the Spaniard has declared his intentions of staying put with the Gunners and it is said that the talks for a new contract are happening.
The first-choice left-back at West Ham has been Masuaku but his performances so far have not appealed well with the faithful and the boss. Many question his defensive ability as it has seemed really lacklustre in recent games.
Aaron Cresswell, on the other hand, has been kept out of action after being a regular for the Hammers after a move from Ipswich Town in 2014. However, he has only featured once in the Premier League this season.
Should the Hammers sign a new left-back it could be curtains for one of these players.
Four straight defeats in their first four games were not received well but wins against Everton and Manchester United and a draw against Chelsea have given their season a fair look so far.
A defeat to Brighton though has raised some eyebrows before the International Break and Pellegrini has his work cut out for the next game against Tottenham Hotspur on October 20th.