WEST HAM could add three players to their ranks ahead of Albion’s trip to the London stadium on Sunday.
The Seagulls have been a bogey team for the Hammers since their promotion to the Premier League as the London side are yet to record a win over Albion in the English top flight.
Of the ten games the two sides have played in the Premier League, Albion have won four, including a brilliant 3-1 win at Amex in the last game of last season, while the other six games ended in a draw.
After that game, West Ham manager David Moyes told The Argus that his side “probably” have a mental block when it comes to playing Albion as they haven’t been able to beat them for so long.
The last time Albion were on the losing side against West Ham was back in the Championship when the Hammers won 6-0 in 2012 after Ricardo Vaz Te’s hat-trick.
The Hammers started this season the way they ended the previous season, in poor form with a thin roster.
The club have already added five players to the squad over the summer. Striker Gianluca Scamacca, midfielders Flynn Downes and Maxwell Cornet, defender Nayef Aguerd and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola have all moved to the London stadium.
However, Aguerd picked up an injury last season and will be out until after the World Cup, leaving a huge hole in West Ham’s defence.
The Moroccan defender will be joined on the touchline by fellow centre-backs Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna, with full-back Ben Johnson joining Kurt Zouma in central defence.
The Hammers lost longtime captain Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Arthur Masuaku, Alex Kral and Aji Alese as they all left the club for various reasons.
This has left West Ham’s squad even thinner than before, but that could change before Albion play them on Sunday.
Moyes is looking to sign a new full-back, centre-back and attacking midfielder this week in a bid to turn the season around after losing their start to the season.
West Ham lost 2-0 to champions Manchester City on the opening day of the season as Erling Haaland scored a brace on his Premier League debut and were beaten 1-0 by newly promoted Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri and PSG centre-back Thilo Kehrer could join the Hammers for a combined fee of almost £30million, which could improve the leaky defence.
Kehrer will undergo a medical in London after the club agreed a deal with PSG.
In attack, an £8.4million bid for Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken has been rejected but the Hammers are expected to make an improved offer for the towering midfielder.
For the trio to play Albion, West Ham will need to sign and register them before Friday’s deadline and even then they have had very limited time to train with their new team-mates.
The Hammers may also need to rotate some players as they have a crucial Europa Conference League play-off against Danish club Viborg FF on Thursday night, although Aaron Creswell and Declan Rice will miss that game through suspensions that continued last season became.
Creswell saw a red card against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals and Rice was given a two-game ban after calling Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzan “corrupt” after the game in the tunnel.
Moyes will also miss the Hammers’ qualifiers as he was suspended for one game for kicking a ball at a ball boy mid-game out of frustration during the defeat in Germany.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20661418.west-ham-trying-strengthen-squad-ahead-brighton-clash/?ref=rss West Ham are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the Brighton clash