The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak has left fans wondering what will happen when it comes to the transfer market. However, there are a number of players that will become free agents this summer. So let’s take a look at three out of contract players West Ham United could sign.
Right-back is a position West Ham have struggled to cope with in recent seasons, and they could potentially look at bringing one in when the time is right.
An option for David Moyes could come from the French League and in particular, Thomas Meunier.
The 28-year-old Belgian joined Paris Saint Germain from Club Brugge in July 2016 for a sum of £5.4m and has been a solid defender for both club and country.
Ryan Fredericks is West Ham’s current right-back, with former Manchester City man Pablo Zabaleta retiring at the end of the season. It means that the Irons will have the previously mentioned Fredericks and youngsters Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson as backups.
Meunier has a track record of being a reliable defender, making a total of 128 appearances for the French club. As a player with Champions League appearances under his belt, he will be the perfect choice for a Hammers team whose fans want to see ambitious signings and success.
On the right side of 30, the full-back still has time to make his presence felt in the Premier League and whether that would be at the London Stadium or elsewhere he could be heading to these shores very soon.
The Irons have struggled in front of goal this season, while World Cup winner Mario Götze is a player who has struggled over the past few seasons.
Scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final for Germany looked like the start of Götze’s rise to the top of the game. However, after moving to Bayern Munich and falling out of favour there, he returned to Borussia Dortmund.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with rumoured interest from the Hammers and Everton.
Operating as a centre-forward during his time at Signal Uduna Park on both occasions, the German has made 13 appearances this season finding the back of the net three times.
Current Irons striker Sébastien Haller has struggled this season having made the move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League.
A number of players have made the step from the top flight of German football: Ilkay Gündogan, Roberto Firmino, and Gylfi Sigurðsson have all left their mark on the Premier League.
A move for Götze to the London Stadium could get his career back on track and David Moyes is known for getting the best out of players.
Centre-back is another area where the Hammers have struggled at times, and bringing in youth could be an option.
Balbuena is approaching 30 and with Ogbonna getting defensively worse, bringing in a younger centre-back would be a great option for Moyes.
Twenty-one-year-old Malang Sarr has grown this season and is one of the hottest prospects in France. Applying his trade at Nice in Ligue 1, he has made 19 appearances scoring once.
The Frenchman is flexible and can move to left-back if needed, which is something the Irons need with Masuaku and Cresswell as the current left-back options.
Sarr’s agent P&P Sport Management has some of the biggest names in world football under their belt including West Ham’s Pablo Zabaleta, this could potentially convince the centre back to move to the Premier League.
So Hammers fans which of the above players would you take on a free contract?