By Harvey Byrne
West Ham will not try a deal for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala this summer, according to a report.
News outlet Football.London have claimed on their website that the east London club will not pursue a possible move for the 26-year-old Frenchman with the Hammers’ priority being getting a deal done for William Carvalho.
It is said that manager Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Mangala has no long-term future at the Etihad Stadium amid reports that the cash-rich Premier League side are bidding for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.
However, Slaven Bilic is also reported to be content with his centre-back options with each of Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Declan Rice in the squad, meaning they won’t make a move for Mangala.
The experienced defender has been in England for three years after moving from Porto in 2014 for a mega £31.8million and he has since played 64 times for Manchester City with two years remaining on his contract.
Football Insider verdict:
If Mangala is available then West Ham should certainly consider making a move. Neither of Fonte or Collins are good enough for where the club want to get to and after last weekend’s 4-0 humiliation suffered at the hands of Manchester United it was clear that the defensive area was already a weak one. The Hammers have already added both Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City this summer and the addition of Mangala, who has already worked with the duo could prove a very good deal for West Ham if they have aspirations of breaking into the top seven of the Premier League.
In other West Ham transfer news, a Hammers insider has given the latest on Carvalho.