If David Moyes completes a double transfer swoop on deadline day, this is how West Ham could line up.
In the last hours of the transfer window, West Ham appear to be busy.
By the time West Ham meet Southampton on September 11, manager David Moyes may have a new-look starting XI. If the Hammers complete two more moves before the transfer deadline, Express Sport looks at who the manager might choose.
The loan signing of Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain could turn out to be a smart move.
Lukasz Fabianski has been plagued by injuries, and while he is still the first choice, Areola is a solid backup.
For the time being, Fabianski will be Moyes’ first choice, but with the Europa League group stages approaching, Areola will get plenty of chances.
Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell will not be moved from their full-back positions at West Ham.
But it’s possible that Moyes may make some alterations in the heart of the defence.
Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna have been the starters so far this season, but the acquisition of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea will force one of them to the bench.
Dawson has impressed Moyes since joining on a permanent basis from Watford, but Ogbonna may be the ideal partner for Zouma.
Pablo Fornals has started all three Premier League games for West Ham this season, and he’s been in excellent form, scoring two goals and providing an assist.
However, if West Ham are successful in their negotiations with Manchester United, Jesse Lingard might take his place.
After an excellent loan spell with West Ham last season, the England international remains the club’s primary priority.
Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice’s relationship seems unlikely to be broken, with the Hammers managing to maintain the latter despite interest from abroad.
Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, and, in especially, Michail Antonio, have been in fine form for West Ham thus far this season.
So far, Antonio and Benrahma have dominated the headlines, scoring six goals between them.
Bowen is still a powerful presence at West Ham, but a deal for Nikola Vlasic appears to be close, and he might start on the right side right away.
Last season, the 23-year-old scored 12 goals and added six assists, demonstrating his versatility across the attacking positions.