West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is considering whether to make a bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, after the Hammers’ move for Joey Barton fell through, the Metro report.
The former Queens Park Rangers man underwent a medical ahead of a proposed free transfer to the Boleyn Ground (via Sky Sports), before the club then pulled out of talks to sign the 32-year-old (via BBC Sport).
But the Metro suggest that Bilic is still in the market for someone to play the anchoring role in midfield, with the Brazilian swiftly moving higher up their list of top targets.
The link between the 28-year-old and the London side comes shortly after Lucas’ future at Anfield became shrouded in doubt, after being left out of Brendan Rodgers’ squad to face Stoke City during the opening weekend of the season.
The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds were willing to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, having valued their longest serving player in the current team at £8m.
In a summer where several things – including the manager – have changed at Upton Park, and with a move to the Olympic Stadium ahead, the Hammers arguably need as many people as possible that they can rely on to ensure the transition goes smoothly.
Lucas has spent the last eight years in the Premier League, so the club should have a very good idea of what they can expect from him, should they make a deal happen.
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