In what can potentially be the biggest transfer stories of the season, West Ham United are plotting an audacious swoop for out-of-favor Real Madrid playmaker according to reports circling in the papers today.
Columbian international James Rodriguez is considered one of the best-attacking midfielders in Europe at the moment but he has not been able to impress the new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and has lost his place in the side in the second half of the previous season.
There were rumors linking him with a move away from the club with the likes of PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United interested in his signature this summer.
However, a recent report has now suggested that the 25-year old may be on his way to Premier League club West Ham United.
It does not come as a huge surprise that the Hammers are linked with top class talent after what has happened to the club in the last two years. Change in ownership has undeniably made them richer and the exploits of Dimitri Payet last season sees them welcome European matches in their debut season at the Olympic stadium.
The Hammers are fast becoming the Manchester City of yesteryear and are not afraid of spending big on players who can get them to greater places. The French international Dimitri Payet showed that a closely-knit team can go places and if they can add some quality to their squad this summer, they can compete for a Champions League spot next season.
And it is understood that Slaven Bilic has got his eyes in the Real Madrid star for a potential move ahead of the next season but Rodriguez has been valued at around €80m by his club and it’s unclear whether the east London side would be willing to match such a high asking fee, despite having the funds to do so.
West Ham will also be able to provide Rodriguez with added incentives If he moves to East London, Rodriguez will be the first choice for the team every game and will be played in his favorite role behind a striker.
He will see the whole team build around him and he will assume a role of much greater importance than he did in Spain.
He can easily help the side to better things next season but it will be interesting to see if the Columbian is happy to play for a relatively mid-table Premier League club or if he wants to stay at Real and fight for his place.
Though this rumor might sound ridiculous, the fact that West Ham United are serious about acquiring his signature tells you the financial statuses of the clubs in the Premier League.
Do you think West Ham United can pull off this transfer this summer?