West Ham United have already exceeded expectations this summer by going above and beyond to secure the captures of some top-quality signings.
Their stunning summer of spending has put them firmly in contention to climb higher up the table and challenge the Premier League top-six – but they may be set to spoil that by pursuing Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez – as reported by the Mirror – by tomorrow’s deadline.
Sanchez is arguably considered a wooden spoon signing, and continuing to pursue him reeks of desperation.
Boss Manuel Pellegrini has been seeking out another defensive midfielder, but pouncing for the 32-year-old is not the way to go about it, especially as he has hardly put a foot wrong since taking up the helm.
The enforcer previously had a spell with Aston Villa while they were still in the top flight, but he hardly made an impact during his stint in the Midlands.
Sanchez’ potential arrival at the London Stadium means that he would have to challenge the likes of Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang for the defensive midfield spot in the first team, which means he may not be even be guaranteed regular first team football.
It remains to be seen why West Ham would want to pursue a player without the view of wanting to play him regularly, as it would just be a waste of their time.
His potential addition would not improve on what the Hammers already have, which essentially makes signing him pointless.
They have had a good record of recruiting fresh talent this summer, and they do not need to be hampering it with a player who is not likely to feature in the club’s long-term plans.
Whether they complete the potential move for the Colombian international remains to be seen, but they would regret it further down the line if they did.