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3 top quality players West Ham can target in January – including this Arsenal star

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Ben Gibson applauding the Middlesbrough fans. (Getty Images)
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Three Potential January Transfers West Ham United Could Do

West Ham United have quite a challenge ahead for the rest of the season as they fight to retain their Premier League status. Although they are 15th currently, they are merely two points ahead of the relegation zone.

A slew of disappointing performances at the beginning of the season saw Slaven Bilic get sacked and now, with David Moyes at the helm of things, the Hammers have shown some encouraging signs. After beating West Brom 2-1, they even managed to hold Tottenham Hotspur to a draw.

While they have displayed good form lately, the Hammers will need to continue this if they are to truly salvage the rest of the season. They have a decent team at present but with the ongoing January window, it will be important for Moyes to bring in new recruits to strengthen the side.

Considering how injuries can take a toll on a team’s progress, it might not hurt even if the manager brought in some players to act as a contingency plan. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three potential transfer targets for West Ham this January.

Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle United

The Hammers have been recently linked with signing the midfielder from Newcastle and it might not be such a bad idea considering that it is one of the areas Moyes needs to strengthen.

Shelvey did begin his youth career with West Ham and is likely to view this as an exciting prospect. As far as skills go, the former Liverpool man has displayed solid form for the Magpies with his passing accuracy. The Englishman also has the ability to dominate proceedings from the deep-lying role and could truly boost Moyes’ squad in their fight for survival.

Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough

The 24-year-old centre-back is likely to be a quality signing for the club and the Hammers might benefit by re-igniting their interest in him.

They targetted him over the summer but the move did not materialize. However, judging from his displays for Middlesbrough, Gibson is built for the Premier League and if the Hammers were to make a move, they might just be able to bring him in and some much-needed solidity to their defence.


Jack Wilshere – Arsenal

Now, this might be an ambitious option but if the Gunners are willing to let him leave, the Hammers could greatly benefit by signing him.

For a good majority of the season, West Ham have struggled when it comes to chance creation in front of goal and Wilshere could truly help them with that. Prying him away from Arsenal might be tough, considering how impressive he has been for the Gunners since his return to the squad but there is no doubt that he would be a viable option for Moyes, especially if Wilshere wants to play regularly ahead of the World Cup.