It is set to be a summer of change at West Ham United, with the club having several issues to iron out before the start of the 2018/19 season.
Firstly, the small issue of a manager must be resolved, with David Moyes’ future at the London Stadium coming under a cloud of uncertainty in recent weeks.
Once that is sorted, then the club must turn their attention to the playing squad, and the obvious changes that need to be made this summer.
One area of weakness this season has been in central midfield, with talisman Mark Noble having a slow start to the season, Cheikhou Kouyate looking totally disinterested at times, and Pedro Obiang suffering a season-ending injury months ago.
There are clear deficiencies for the Hammers there, in such a crucial area of the pitch, and something must be done about it in the coming weeks.
According to The Times, the Irons are now leading the chase for Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy, who has been one of the Terriers’ best players as they managed to secure Premier League survival in their first season.
The newspaper report that Mooy would be able to double his £32,000-a-week wages at the London Stadium, with the midfielder having cost a club-record £10million from Manchester City last summer.
If this report is true, and the Hammers are starting their search for midfield reinforcements by looking at Mooy, then the signs are good for a productive summer ahead.
The 27-year-old pass master has been a standout player for Huddersfield all season, and has chipped in with four goals and three assists from his occasionally deep-lying role.
The attribute that has caught the eye most however has been Mooy’s work-rate, with the Australia international willing to run his socks off every week for his side.
This kind of attitude would go down well at the London Stadium, and with his exceptional skill on the ball and wide passing range on top of that, Mooy could be a real star in east London.
The Hammers have been in need of a dynamic player like him in the middle of the park, with Noble’s legs not what they once were and Kouyate looking on the beach for most of the season.
Fans have expressed their admiration for him on Twitter recently, with some crying out for the club to move for Mooy:
Would love West Ham to sign Mooy for next season, class player
— Ollie (@OllieKingdonWHU) May 6, 2018
Aaron Mooy to West Ham please. Quality player.
— Anthony (@terryant94) May 9, 2018
It is obvious that supporters have recognised Mooy’s talents while plying his trade at Huddersfield this season, and they realise that he would be perfect for the club.
The added impetus that Mooy would bring to their midfield would indeed be game-changing for West Ham next season, and a swoop for the £10million man would be a perfect way to kick off an important summer.