COMMENT By Will Butcher
West Ham should sign Manchester City’s Jesus Navas as Slaven Bilic looks to enter the January transfer market for new recruits.
The 31-year-old wide attacker is out of favour at the Etihad under manager Pep Guardiola, and is likely to leave in the near future as he looks to get the most out of the last few years of his footballing career.
With the Hammers in the market for proven, top-flight quality, here is why Navas would be the perfect acquisition for the east London outfit.
Gokhan Tore and Sofiane Feghouli
The summer signings have been woeful since their summer move to the London Stadium, failing to provide adequate cover on the flanks for the Hammers.
Michail Antonio and Dimitri Payet are considered as Bilic’s starting wingers, but have been untroubled by their understudies.
Signing Navas would keep both Antonio and Payet on their toes, as well as providing adequate cover if one of the two first-choice wingers are unavailable.
Out of contract
After splashing out in the summer on the likes of Andre Ayew, Manuel Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku, Bilic is unlikely to be given much to spend in January.
The former Croatia boss should therefore look to target players that are out of contract and Spain international Navas fits that category.
With just six months remaining on his current deal, Navas could be allowed to leave the Etihad on the cheap as Guardiola looks to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Would get the best out of 27-year-old
Navas deadly ability to centre an inch-perfect cross would be the perfect kind of delivery that England international Andy Carroll would thrive upon.
Wingers Payet and Antonio are not known for their ability to cross the ball, but are more interested in getting into the box themselves to find the back of the net.
Navas’ unselfish desire to provide an assist for his side would be perfect for Carroll, 27.
In other West Ham transfer news, this France international is closing in on a loan move to the Hammers.