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7th Jun, 2018 | 7:36pm

Pellegrini must line up ambitious West Ham hijack of German colossus to fix problem area


West Ham desperately need to bring in a new goalkeeper ahead of the 2018/19 season following the exit of loan star Joe Hart and they need somebody that can overtake Adrian in the pecking order.

The Hammers really struggled defensively this season and will need to tighten up at the back if they are to bring European football to the London Stadium in the next couple of years.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini should be able to attract some high-profile names this summer and that is why they should hijack reported interest in shot-stopper Bernd Leno.

German newspaper Bild reports that Liverpool, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Napoli are all interested in the 26-year-old at Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

It is understood that he is likely to cost clubs £22million this summer and that he is likely to lose his number one spot at Leverkusen next season.

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However, West Ham should consider him perfect to come in and fix their problem area next year, which is why they need to hijack interest in the German.

Leno is a 6ft 2in (source: Transfermarkt) would be a real capture for West Ham if they got him and would send out a message that they mean real business under Pellegrini.

The £22million price tag could represent good value for a safe pair of hands between the sticks and he managed a return of 12 clean sheets in 38 appearances for Leverkusen this season.

He has proven on the European stage that he can cut it at the top level and would be another talented goalkeeper in the Premier League if he moved to England, which is why West Ham have to join the hunt for him.

In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.

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