As we near the beginning of the January transfer window, the Premier League betting markets are already heating up as clubs look to collect some New Year bargains. West Ham will likely be one of those looking to do some business in January, with boss Sam Allardyce hoping to build on an impressive first half of the season and further cement a place in the top ten if not higher.
While there is no doubt this West Ham squad are currently firing on all cylinders, Allardyce will be well aware a couple of new faces in January could be the difference in the Hammers’ hopes of securing a place in Europe next season.
Scott Sinclair has become something of a forgotten man since his big-money move to Manchester City in 2012 and he is around 5/1 with some bookies to join West Ham in January. After finding first-team chances hard to come by during his first season at the Etihad, Sinclair spent an underwhelming campaign with West Brom on loan last year. But despite his recent struggles, Sinclair has shown he has all the abilities to become a top player and the Hammers could probably do with another pacy forward for the second half of the season.
While Carl Jenkinson has been solid enough this season, Allardyce will be looking ahead and will know the on-loan right-back will be returning to Arsenal at the end of the season. With that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising to see Liverpool’s Glen Johnson as short as 8/1 with some bookmakers to be on his way to East London in January. At 30 years of age, Johnson probably isn’t the youngest option available to Allardyce but the England international could be a very smart addition to the squad.
Entering the final six months of his current contract with Burnley, Danny Ings has emerged as a West Ham target in recent weeks. With Allardyce rumoured to be in the market for a new forward, Ings would be available at a reported fee in the region of £3million and a signing who is well worth the risk. After a tough start to the season, Ings has really hit his stride over the past couple of months, scoring four goals to help lift Burnley off the foot of the table. While Burnley will be desperate to hang onto their main striker, a decent offer could be enough to convince them to sell.
Nearing the end of his contract at Aston Villa, Fabian Delph has emerged as one of the hottest properties in the Premier League. The midfielder has been a standout player this season, earning his first England cap after a sensational run of form for Villa. While injuries bothered Delph for much of his early career, the former Leeds United youngster has shown he has everything needed to be a top midfielder. With a number of clubs in the race to sign Delph, West Ham may have to pay more than they would want in order to capture the 25-year old but it could be a punt worth taking.