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West Ham should swoop for midfielder Delaney

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West Ham can now begin thinking about strengthening their team ahead of next season and there needs to be several marquee signings if they are to avoid a repeat of battling relegation.

The Hammers should have aspirations of pushing for the European spots in the Premier League and one area that needs bolstering is in the centre of the park.

They have the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang as options in the squad, but could do with another fresh face to stiffen up competition.

One man that should emerge on their radar is central midfielder Thomas Delaney at Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, who are 12th in the German top-flight table.

They will have to fight off competition for his signature, as there is already Premier League interest in him.

The Daily Mail reports that Brighton have had a £10million bid rejected for Delaney, while Tottenham and Everton have also eyed him in the past year.

It is understood that Bremen will though consider selling the Denmark international for £16.8million this summer and that could turn out to be a bargain fee.

West Ham should nudge rivals Brighton aside and fork out the eight-figure sum to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium.

Delaney is a highly-rated midfielder that has potential to be a real success in the Premier League, with his energetic work-rate and combative approach.

He is a box-to-box midfielder that would add some real quality to David Moyes’ current squad and is available at a decent price too.

The Bundesliga midfielder has scored three goals and supplied six assists so far for Bremen, and would be a huge asset going into next season.

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