Following his dismissal by Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti is heavily tipped to replace under-fire West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, claims the Daily Telegraph.
After their 7th-placed finish in 2015-16, many Hammers fans expected the team to push on last season. Instead, they battled against relegation before finishing 11th. Once again, they are embroiled in the relegation fight rather than pushing for the European places.
While recent results picked up, last weekend’s home defeat to Tottenham turned the heat up on the Croat once again.
Ancelotti’s reputation and successful spells with Chelsea make him a favourite with many Premier League clubs. However, what impact would his arrival have on West Ham’s transfer plans?
It’s unlikely that the Italian will be impressed with reports that the club are looking to sign Tyler Roberts, West Brom’s 18-year-old starlet who is currently on loan with Walsall. Their problems are more immediate in front of goal and they need experience.
The biggest deal in the pipeline might be more to Ancelotti’s taste. 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfield powerhouse is once again linked with a move to the Olympic Stadium, this time for around £30m, £10m less than the Portuguese club were demanding during acrimonious exchanges in the summer.
The upheavel is likely to put pressure on the Hammers board. Ancelotti will expect them to deliver in early January if he is appointed. Failure to do so could see their season stumble once again.