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Medel likely to cost £5million

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Besiktas could have lowered their asking price for West Ham midfield target Gary Medel this summer, according to Claret and Hugh.

The reliable club source claim that the Turkish club may have lowered their asking price to as low as £4million, after valuing the Chilean international at £7million in January.

Claret and Hugh report that although loans are not usually what Manuel Pellegrini likes to target, that market could be a real possibility for the Hammers this transfer window.

The 31-year-old enforcer has previous Premier League experience with Cardiff City and the Hammers were first reported to have reignited their interest by Super Haber, who claimed it was guaranteed Medel would make the move to the London Stadium.


The reports linking West Ham to Gary Medel just don’t seem to disappear. The only thing that hasn’t been suggested or confirmed is the actual transfer to bring the Chilean to East London. One thing that is clear is the fact that the Hammers need to replace Pedro Obiang, who according to Gianluca Di Marzio will complete a move to Sassuolo by the end of the week. That leaves only Carlos Sanchez as the defensive back-up in midfield, and the Colombian has more than proved he is not good enough in pre-season. Medel fits the mould of what Pellegrini would want at the Hammers, an experienced head who wouldn’t cost much, and should Claret and Hugh’s lower valuation of £4million be right, they must make a move. Medel is known for his battling ways in the heart of midfield, averaging 2.2 tackles and 2.5 clearances per game [WhoScored], with the ability to play in defence as well as midfield. Medel would be expecting first-team football, something that he may have to share with captain Mark Noble should he make the move, with both not possibly in the right condition to complete a full season.

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