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Hammers vying for Arsenal deadwood

At least he’s only valued at £10m?

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Oh, yeah, we’ve all heard this one before. West Ham United are looking to poach a player from one of the “big clubs” this transfer window. Just not, like, one of those “big clubs’” actual good players. That’s right, folks, David Sullivan is going to do it again. He’s going to spend a cool £10m on an utterly useless player.

To be fair to Francis Coquelin, he’s had his moments, and he was a regular in Arsenal’s squad from 2014/15 to 2016/17, but he’s not what West Ham needs. This squad is crying out for a holding midfielder, not much unlike Leander Dendoncker, and Sullivan wants to make a move for a player with a somewhat recognizable name that’s played 174 total minutes for Arsenal this season. A player who was moved down to the Arsenal U23 side where he — yup, you guessed it — continued doing absolutely nothing.

The outlook is... not great.

Alright, now that we’ve slagged off Sullivan and Coquelin quite a bit, it’s good to recognize that this move likely won’t happen. Sources have confirmed that Coquelin could be moved, but that West Ham is not a likely destination. Good news for all of us. We have dodged the Sullivan bullet for now, but he’s currently hiding behind a tree reloading and he’ll be back with another ludicrous idea to sign a “big name” to the club this window.

Here’s hoping that David Moyes can take the reins and actually get a quality player into the squad this January. It’s rumored that he’s been campaigning for Leander Dendoncker, a fantastic holding midfielder, and that would be quite the signing.

It would be a bit unlike Sullivan to sign someone who is very good at just 22 years old and who could be a signing for the present as well as the future, though, so let’s hold out for the next rumor where we’ll find that David wants to see if Sir Trevor Brooking has still got it.