Hardly a straight swap, but if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Make a list of the defensive midfielders currently in Slaven Bilic’s squad. I’ll do it for you. Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Emilison Fernandes. That is four solid options in one position, with only two at most likely to be fielded at any one time.
What West Ham really need is a dynamic midfielder who is capable of both sitting and providing a potent attacking threat, something out-of-favour Manchester City star Fabian Delph is exactly that. One of England’s most talented and unlucky talents, Delph would be an excellent addition for the Hammers and would add an new dimension to Slaven Bilic’s midfield.