Date: 8th May 2019 at 9:22am
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West Ham are in the hunt to sign Blackburn Rovers attacker Bradley Dack, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his squad during the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper report that West Ham alongside Crystal Palace are the latest team to monitor the 25-year-old, with Blackburn thought to have already fielded enquiries for the attacking midfielder from a few other clubs.

The Mail suggest that Blackburn have placed a valuation of around £18million on Dack and have already begun scouting replacements for the midfielder.

However it is understood that Rovers’ reported valuation might put West Ham off a move for the Englishman.

OPINION

West Ham will be looking to add more quality to their squad during the summer transfer window, as they look to build on a solid first year in charge for Pellegrini. The Hammers pursuit of Dack could provide Pellegrini’s side with a creative midfielder with an eye for a goal, with the former Gillingham player scoring 18 goals and providing 10 assists in all competitions this season. Those stats demonstrate that Dack has taken little time to get to grips with the Championship, with this season being his first at that level, and also suggest that he could well be ready to make the step up to the Premier League. West Ham have somewhat missed a creative presence from the centre of the pitch this season, with Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere both picking up injuries and missing a lot of football, that has left Pellegrini short in midfield with Mark Noble and Declan Rice starting most of their matches. The addition of a player like Dack would therefore provide a boost to Pellegrini’s creative midfield options, but they may need to move fast to secure his signature with other teams interested.