Report: West Ham braced for hectic summer as eight-man shortlist identified

West Ham is expected to have an active summer transfer window as they aim to secure the signings of up to seven players from an eight-man shortlist, reports the TeamTalk. The team has not performed at their best in the Premier League this season and currently occupies the 14th position, necessitating the injection of fresh talent. Despite their successful campaign in Europe, with a potential trophy in sight in the Conference League final against Fiorentina, the focus now shifts towards getting back on track in the Premier League.

Manager David Moyes is eager to revitalize the squad, and an eight-man shortlist has been compiled. According to information shared by ExWHUEmployee on Twitter, West Ham will pursue the signing of five to seven players during the summer transfer period. The midfield department is a key focus, with Joao Palhinha from Fulham, Amadou Onana from Everton, James Ward-Prowse from Southampton, and Romeo Lavia among the potential targets.

The potential departure of Declan Rice, whose contract expires in 2024, has been widely discussed, and Arsenal has shown recent interest. To ensure an adequate midfield setup, Moyes is considering each of the mentioned targets, with Ward-Prowse and Lavia appearing as realistic options due to Southampton’s relegation. However, West Ham will face competition from other clubs, including Tottenham, in their pursuit of the Southampton captain. Despite the challenging circumstances, Ward-Prowse had a commendable season, contributing eight goals and four assists.

In addition to bolstering their midfield, West Ham is actively exploring options for forwards and creative players. Their goal-scoring record in the league, with only 41 goals, falls short compared to teams like Leicester and Leeds, who currently find themselves in the relegation zone. With an average of just 1.1 goals per game, improving in this area is a clear priority. West Ham’s shortlist includes four creative options.

The players under consideration are reportedly Cole Palmer from Manchester City, Reiss Nelson from Arsenal, Harvey Barnes from Leicester, and Victor Gyokeres from Coventry. While Arsenal has allegedly offered Nelson an enticing new contract, his decision on his future rests in his hands. The winger has primarily fulfilled a squad role under Mikel Arteta and may now be inclined to join a club where he can secure regular starting opportunities.

Barnes has already attracted significant interest, and if Leicester face relegation on the final day, the attention around him will only increase. Gyokeres has also caught the attention of several Premier League sides, with Brentford considering him as a replacement for the suspended Ivan Toney. The forward has netted 23 goals this season, making a Premier League move highly likely if Coventry doesn’t secure promotion through the playoffs.