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West Ham eyeing Coventry City star labeled “pointless signing”.

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which offers personal opinions from FLW writers on current news, teams, players, managers, potential signings, and more.

West Ham United are interested in signing Callum O’Hare from Coventry City this summer.

According to The Guardian, the London club is considering making an offer for the midfielder, who is poised to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season after failing to agree to a contract extension with the Sky Blues.

West Ham competing to sign Coventry City’s Callum O’Hare

This means that Coventry will not be charged a transfer fee in any future move, as the 25-year-old seeks to advance in his career.

West Ham are one of several clubs connected with a move for the midfielder, including Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers.

O’Hare has six goals and three assists in 29 Championship games this season after recovering from a catastrophic knee injury sustained on Boxing Day 2022 that sidelined him for nearly a year.

West Ham United could be an attractive proposition for Callum O’Hare

Here, we question our FLW writers if West Ham is the right next club for O’Hare’s career.

Declan Harte

O’Hare has done incredibly well since returning from injury, however he did see a little fall in form near the conclusion of the season.

The midfielder’s injury history has been a source of concern, but he has defied expectations by maintaining fit since returning near the end of 2023.

His performances were critical to Coventry’s return to the Championship table, and his departure will be a significant blow to the team.

A move to the Premier League would be a significant step forward, but he is prepared to make that transition at this juncture in his career.

At 25, it is time to test himself at a higher level, and his FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester United demonstrated his preparedness to compete against the greatest clubs in the country.

He more than held his own in the team’s dramatic penalty shootout loss, despite facing prominent names from the Champions League this season.

West Ham are a powerful club with a European pedigree, yet David Moyes’ future is questionable.

Perhaps waiting until there is more clarity on who will be in charge would be prudent, but there are numerous reasons to feel West Ham are an appealing option at this point in O’Hare’s career.

Ben Wignall

After doing admirably in the Championship for Coventry in recent years, now is the time to discover if O’Hare can compete at the top level of a major European league, like Viktor Gyokeres and Gus Hamer have done.

West Ham, on the other hand, is an intriguing option since they arguably have a world-class offensive midfielder in Lucas Paqueta, who plays at the London Stadium.

O’Hare is unlikely to replace the mercurial Brazilian in the starting lineup, but Paqueta might be moved for a large sum of money, which is the only way Coventry’s current number 10 would see any playing time at the Hammers.

A move to West Ham would, of course, be significant for O’Hare, but he should also consider possible game time when making a selection, and there are sure to be other teams that can offer him a fair pay while still providing him with the minutes he requires to continue his development.

If the Irons intend to maintain Paqueta, O’Hare would be a worthless signing in the larger scheme of things; he would be better off looking for a new club, with Everton and Fulham perhaps better choices if they are still interested.

 

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