West Ham have finally made their first transfer of the summer, in what will be a busy final four days of transfers
There won’t be many bigger shocks this window than West Ham signing a player but the Hammers HAVE confirmed their first transfer of the season with a £5m move for Czech Republic international right-back Vladimír Coufal from Slavia Prague.
He doesn’t quite fit the profile of “young, hungry and English” targets that David Moyes set out at the start of his transfer search but, especially considering the recent injury to fellow Ryan Fredericks, no doubt the manager will be delighted to have secured at least one defensive reinforcement.
The deal would see the player leave on loan for the season to help add some stability to Jose Mourinho’s makeshift Spurs defence… although it’s hard to see why the Blues would want to loan out a player to strengthen one of their European rivals this season.
Another player who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge is Callum Hudson-Odoi. With opportunities limited at Chelsea, the 19-year-old is looking at a move to Germany with the mighty Bayern Munich interested, according to claims in the German press.
Keeping it in London, Fulham are a team that desperately need to do something in the transfer window as they already look nailed on for relegation and Scott Parker is looking to strengthen his defence first and foremost.
The Cottagers have made two moves in this department; one for PSV’s German defender Timo Baumgartl and one for Barcelona’s young French centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo who they are looking to sign on a permanent deal.
Any transfer agreed there would probably see a chain reaction kick in with Barca then looking to use the cash to secure the much talked about transfer of Manchester City’s Eric Garcia to the Camp Nou.
Finally, Demarai Gray’s time at Leicester City could be coming to an end with the club willing to listen to offers for the player after four years in the East Midlands.
The form of Harvey Barnes has seen Gray’s opportunities further limited at the club (the former about to be offered a new contact by the Foxes) and a quick deal before Monday to secure first-team football could be of benefit to all parties.