West Ham United have this summer undergone a period of change. As expected, Sam Allardyce departed as Hammers’ boss and former West Ham player Slaven Bilic has taken up the reigns at Upton Park.
The Croatian has been keen to stamp his mark in East London from the off and has already recruited Dimitri Payet from Marseille and Serie A duo Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, from Juventus and Sampdoria respectively.
The past week also saw the departure of Stewart Downing, as the winger made a £5 million return to Middlesbrough. West Ham are keen to move swiftly for a replacement.
Now, The Telegraph reports that Bilic is keen to add Everton winger Kevin Mirallas to his ranks. The Hammers have already had an initial bid of £6m rejected, but now the club are set to return to The Toffees with an improved offer.
Furthermore, West Ham believe that Mirallas might be keen on the move, with just a year remaining on his contract.
Belgian international Mirallas, joined Everton in 2012, after reportedly snubbing Arsenal’s advances. The 27 year-old has scored 21 goals in 88 appearances for Roberto Martinez’ men, but particularly at the tail end of last term, had often been utilized as a substitute.
As West Ham fight on multiple fronts not only domestically but on the European stage also, Bilic is keen to have a wealth of options at his disposal.
The Hammers will also have half an eye on events of next season, as the club make the move from the Boleyn Ground, eastwards towards the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. As such, West Ham are looking to not only further solidify their league status, but push onwards towards a top-six finish.
If the move were to materialize, with Diafra Sakho leading the line, Mirallas would occupy the right wing with new signings Payet central and Obiang or Morgan Amalfitano on the left.
Mirallas is clearly keen for a change of scene and a move to London makes perfect – if slightly unexpected – sense.