Date: 10th October 2019 at 8:00am
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OPINION

West Ham should revive their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz in the January transfer window after the Chile international made a stunning start to the season in Germany.

Chilean news outletĀ Ahora Noticias reported in July that the Hammers had made an approach for the 30-year-old midfielder, who was also attracting attention from Bayern Munich, Napoli, Milan, Roma and Inter Milan at the time.

Leverkusen managed to keep hold of the former Colo Colo midfielder but he is yet to agree a new contract with the Bundesliga club and could be on the move for a free transfer next summer.

And that is why West Ham should swoop in once the transfer window re-opens in January because there could be an opportunity to land the Chilean central midfielder on the cheap so Leverkusen do not have to run the risk of losing him for free at the end of the season.

Aranguiz is definitely the kind of player that Manuel Pellegrini could do with in his side as well.

West Ham are short on options in the centre of the midfield and seem as though they are one or two injuries or suspensions away from a possible selection headache.

Declan Rice and Carlos Sanchez are the more defensive-minded players in that position while injury-prone Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble are also there too.

Aranguiz has shown this season that he is a class above Hammers captain Noble.

According to stats by WhoScored, Aranguiz is a far better passer of the ball than the 32-year-old Hammer with the Chilean averaging more passes, key passes and long balls in league appearances this season.

Aranguiz has also shown himself to be better than Noble defensively too.

The Chilean has averaged more tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks per league game than the West Ham stalwart and has also averaged fewer fouls.

Aranguiz is a complete central midfielder who can pass the ball well, make tackles and even get on the scoresheet, as shown when he hit the back of the net against Fortuna Dusseldorf in August.

If West Ham want to add an extra layer of depth to their midfield in January – or even improve it – then reviving their hunt to sign Aranguiz would definitely be a great idea.