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West Ham must bin Drinkwater hunt

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West Ham United have been one of the busiest Premier League sides in the transfer window under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, signing seven players so far this summer. 

As we approach the deadline in just two days time, the Hammers still show no signs of letting up in their spending, with the club being linked with countless players in the past week or so.

One of those linked has been Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has had a torrid time at Stamford Bridge since his big-money move from Leicester City last summer.

According to the Mirror, the Irons are currently hoping that a transfer merry-go-round will see Luka Modric head to Inter Milan, Matias Vecino head to Chelsea before Drinkwater can join them on loan.

While it is understandable that the Hammers want to sign Drinkwater – he is a highly experienced Premier League performer who has won the title with Leicester – this all seems like a huge waste of time.

With the European transfer window still running until the end of the month, the chances of both the Modric and Vecino deals going through before Thursday are extremely slim.

And, on top of that, the Mirror claim that Chelsea will demand a £3million loan fee for Drinkwater, while also requiring the Hammers to pay his £130,000-a-week wages in full.

All in all this looks like a poor deal for the Irons, who would be risking a lot on the form of Drinkwater, who has not played meaningful first-team football in a long time.

And, while the reaction to a reported move for Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez has been poor to say the least, that looks like a swoop which makes far more sense for the club.

The pressure on Drinkwater to perform would be huge, and he would likely be playing a back-up role anyway.

The club are far better off spending less money on Sanchez, and fans must now trust the judgement of Pellegrini, which has been impeccable so far this summer.

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