Opinion: Leeds want to sign West Ham target on a free, would be a masterstroke

Opinion: Leeds want to sign West Ham target on a free, would be a masterstroke – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Leeds are thought to be keen on the Serbian midfielder Nemanja Radoja.

According to Teamtalk, West Ham are interested in the player as well.

The 26-year-old is a free agent and therefore the English clubs can sign him even though the window for signings has closed.

It will be interesting to see if Leeds make their move for Radoja in the coming days.

He could prove to be a very useful addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Radoja would add some defensive cover to Leeds’ midfield and improve them at the back.

The Serbian’s arrival will also allow the Whites to play with more freedom.

Radoja will allow the creative players to play without too many defensive responsibilities. Also, he will add depth to the midfield and that could prove to be invaluable during the course of the Championship season.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.

If West Ham are genuinely interested in the player, Leeds might find it difficult to compete financially.

The Hammers can offer him a bigger sign-on fee and more wages.

Having said that, if Bielsa manages to pull this off on a free, it would transform Leeds’ midfield. Radoja could prove to be a transfer masterstroke from the Argentine manager.

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Star signings from the Premier League summer transfer window

The 2019 Premier League summer transfer window has finally shut with close to £1.4 billion in total being spent over the last three months.

The most expensive transfer being was that of Harry Maguire who moved from Leicester to Manchester United for a reported £80 million fee.

In this article we will be looking at the five best signings of the window. Before we begin, it is important to note that we are not ranking these in any particular order.

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The players that have been chosen are those that: firstly, addressed an area of weakness at their new club, and secondly, have the ability to thrive at the club that has bought them- enabling the player to considerably improve the team’s performance.

We will start of with the cheapest and oldest of the five players.

Tom Heaton – Burnley to Aston Villa

Heaton joined Aston Villa for £8 million this summer, which seems to be great value for money when you consider both his Premier League experience and goalkeeping ability.

In 96 Premier League games, Heaton has kept 24 clean sheets, averaging one clean sheet every four games, an outstanding record for a goalkeeper at a ‘bottom-half’ club like Burnley.

Heaton’s best asset is his reliability in goal, making just three errors leading to goals during his three years.

He also has outstanding reflexes, which allow him to make saves from the unlikeliest of positions.

What is of equal importance are his leadership qualities – he was Burnley’s club captain before he departed, and he will lead the team from the back.

Overall, for just £8 million, this has all the marks of a great signing for the Midlands club.

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Joao Cancelo – Juventus to Manchester City

Manchester City’s new right-back, Joao Cancelo may have cost up to £52 million more than Heaton, but that should not detract from the immense quality that he will offer his new club this season.

The fee is believed to be £34.1 million, plus the departure of Danilo to Juventus (as part of a swap deal with Cancelo’s previous club, Juventus), totalling the complete fee around £60 million.

The Portuguese full-back is still only 25, and he will surely be pushing for a place in Manchester City’s first team.

For any player to have the potential to improve the current Manchester City team, suggests that they have immense quality. Cancelo certainly has that.

He perfectly fits into City’s philosophy, an attacking full-back who is comfortable giving and receiving the ball.

His has rapid acceleration and refined crossing abilities from his stints as a winger at Valencia and Inter Milan.

In Serie A last season he made on average 1.4 key passes pet game and 2.4 dribbles per game, high numbers for a full-back.

These stats will only increase in an attacking Manchester City team.

Perhaps, he is not as strong defensively, he is prone to committing fouls often, but Guardiola should improve his defensive abilities, as he has done with Kyle Walker.

By the end of the season, do not be surprised to see Cancelo ahead of Walker in the Manchester City right-back position.

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Tanguy Ndombele – Olympique Lyonnais to Tottenham Hotspur

Following their heartbreak in the Champions League final to Liverpool, Spurs needed a lift in the transfer window this summer.

The signings of Ryan Sessegnon and, in particular, Giovani Lo Celso add quality to an already great squad.

However, it is the acquisition of the 22 year-old box to box midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele that was their greatest addition.

A fee of up to £60 million is great value, considering his age and the talent he showed at Lyon in France.

One of the most attractive aspects of Ndombele’s game is his adaptility.

He can fill in an at central defensive midfielder, as shown by his average of 2.7 tackles per 90 in Ligue 1 last season- 0.4 than Wanyama (Spurs’ highest tackler p/90).

He excels most though when he is making driving runs from midfield, allowing Spurs to progress up the pitch.

He also boasted a 89.1% pass accuracy last season, which was second only to Harry Winks’ 91.8% accuracy.

If needed, Ndombele can adapt to play higher up the pitch too, as he created 1.6 chances per 90 last season, for comparison, Sissoko only managed 1.0 per 90.

He is proven at the top level, with his impressive Champions League performances last year against the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid.

If he is able to match his high-level performances of the last couple of years, Spurs’ midfield will have been transformed.

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Pablo Fornals – Villarreal to West Ham United

Another young midfielder joined a London club this window and they starred at the U-21 European Championships for Spain.

It is not Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos though, but instead Pablo Fornals of West Ham.

The Spaniard signed for around £25 million from Villarreal, and at just 23 he is someone that will only improve.

Fornals can play across the midfield- right, left, central, or attacking.

He will help West Ham maintain control of the ball and he should link up nicely with their other technical players like Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson.

He can also make late runs into the box, either supplying the ball to their new striker, Sebastien Haller or shooting himself.

Sceptics may point to the fact that in 50 appearances last season he only recorded five goals and six assists.

Despite this, it is important not to become overly wrapped up in goal and assist statistics.

Fornals offers West Ham creativity in their build-up play, this is seen through his 1.3 key passes per game in La Liga.

This was something that the club have been missing with their previous central midfielders like Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble.

If he does not score or assists bundles of goals this season, he is sure to have played a key part in creating flowing attacking moves.

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Moise Kean – Juventus to Everton

The sole striker on this list, is Everton’s new Italian forward, Moise Kean. What is most appealing at this transfer is the potential of Kean.

A reported £25 million fee may have some fans scratching their head, as the 19 year-old only made 13 appearances last season for Italian giants, Juventus.

However, his young age and recent performances on the pitch should disperse any worries over his price.

espite his 533 minutes of game time last season, Kean scored six goals and made one assists, which resulted in a rate of a goal every 89 minutes.

His clinical finishing abilities in the box are something that Everton have been crying out for since the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

Although Kean is unlikely to score a goal every 89 minutes in the Premier League, he should heavily improve their attacking options.

Furthermore, at such a young age his future re-sell value should give the Merseyside club a healthy profit.

Picture: Spurs scout spotted running rule over teenage striker also on Hammers’ radar

Picture: Spurs scout spotted running rule over teenage striker also on Hammers' radar – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Tottenham Hotspur scout David Pleat was present during last night’s Carabao Cup clash between Southend United and Stevenage, and Spurs target Charlie Kelman definitely caught his eyes.

The 17-year-old striker was first linked with the North Londoners in March, and it seems Tottenham are still on his trail.

According to HITC Sports, West Ham United are also keen on Kelman, with Bournemouth and Brighton interested too.

The teenage sensation bagged a brace in the Shrimpers’ win over Stevenage, and it’s not hard to see why Spurs and the Hammers want him.

Pleat specializes mainly in finding young talents from the lower divisions, and he definitely would have been pleased with Kelman’s performances.

The Essex-born forward first caught West Ham and Tottenham’s eyes at youth level where he scored 61 goals for the academy team in the 2017/18 season.

Kelman became an internet sensation last season after scoring a goal from his own half on his professional debut against Plymouth Argyle in January.

He won the League One Goal of the Month for January for his audacious effort, and he could soon be playing in the English top-flight if he continues to impress.

West Ham want the USA youth international who grew up right under their noses before moving to FC Dallas’ youth set-up.

However, Tottenham appear to be doing more of the background checks with Pleat possibly compiling a dossier on the youngster ahead of a potential swoop.

Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and Manuel Pellegrini are known for their track record of handing youngsters chances, and it will be interesting to see which one of them wins the race for Kelman.

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Report shares extent Hammers man has gone to get career back on track

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According to Sportsmail, West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere is paying to fly his own physiotherapist Declan Lynch in from Ireland for private sessions.

The former Arsenal star worked with the physio during his days at North London and will have two private sessions a week with Lynch to boost his fitness.

Wilshere missed a larger chunk of last term as a result of injury, but has since returned to action and did play against Manchester City at the weekend.

The 27-year-old is desperate to get his career back on track, and is hoping the physiotherapy sessions can help him stay away from the treatment table this season.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini approves of the plan and he definitely will be glad if it works out as he wants Wilshere in peak form.

The England international has only played more than 30 league games-per-season once in his whole career, and he could do with a personal fitness coach right now as he approaches his peak.

Wilshere featured in just eight league games for the Hammers last term after suffering yet another injury setback.

He showed signs of attaining full fitness in the last two seasons prior to his West Ham move last summer, featuring in 49 league games.

A fit Wilshere can definitely help West Ham reach Europe and it will be great and heartwarming to see him finally put his injury demons behind him this season.

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