West Ham United are reportedly among the clubs that are lining up a summer move for Yangel Herrera, valued at £20 million by Manchester City.
According to a report by Daily Telegraph, Yangel Herrera could be set to leave Manchester City in the summer transfer window. West Ham United are among a bevy of clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old Venezuelan midfielder, who is valued at £20 million by the Premier League champions.
Yangel Herrera joined Manchester City from Atletico Venezuela in January 2017 and was sent out on loan to sister club New York City FC immediately. After spending two years in the Major League Soccer, the 23-year-old spent the second half of the 2018/19 season at Huesca before being loaned out yet again that summer to Granada.
The spell at Granada has been the most fulfilling of stays for Herrera so far, with the Venezuelan international racking up 82 appearances in two seasons while chipping in with ten goals and five assists. Despite impressing during his stint with Granada, Herrera’s prospects at Manchester City are unlikely to improve, with a permanent summer exit expected.
Manchester City are likely to cash in on Herrera, among others who are surplus to requirements at the Etihad, as the reigning Premier League champions look to raise funds to sign Harry Kane as well as Jack Grealish. To that end, a £20 million price tag has been placed on the 23-year-old, with West Ham United among his suitors.
The Hammers appear to be entering the transfer market for a midfielder this summer, and for good reason. As things stand, David Moyes has just three recognised central midfielders at his disposal in Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and captain Mark Noble, which is a possible problem for the London giants ahead of a season wherein they will be playing European football.
Delve deeper, and one would notice that Rice has been linked with some of the biggest Premier League clubs, including Manchester City. Even if Rice ends up staying put, it is important to note that Noble is in the twilight of his career and set to hang up his boots soon. And so, it is imperative that West Ham sign a midfielder this summer, if not two.
Herrera, to that end, is a viable target for the East London outfit, who are facing competition from Crystal Palace, Southampton and clubs from Spain. What now remains to be seen is if West Ham are prepared to meet Manchester City’s £20 million valuation or if they are usurped by some other suitor in pursuit of Herrera.