West Ham Nearing Cole Palmer Deal Amidst Lucas Paqueta Talks but Brighton Not Giving up Yet
West Ham United are on the verge of securing an exciting coup, as they inch closer to bringing in Cole Palmer from Manchester City, sources understand.
The young midfielder has been a hotly contested target, with both Brighton and West Ham vying for his signature. The negotiations have developed quickly for the Hammers with a deal involving Lucas Paqueta now discussed, as both permanent and loan options are being been explored.
Initially, Brighton seemed poised to acquire Palmer, with advanced talks occurring back in July. However, complications arose as the Seagulls aimed for a permanent deal or a loan with an option to buy, while City insisted on a straightforward loan arrangement.
The Seagulls also expressed interest in James McAtee from Manchester City. Yet, recent developments suggest that West Ham has surged ahead in the race to secure Palmer’s services.
Cole Palmer has emerged as a prime target for West Ham this summer, capturing the attention of the club’s decision-makers for an extended period. Despite the previous stumbling block with Brighton over the nature of the deal, it is now understood that discussions between West Ham and Manchester City revolve around a permanent transfer.
This shift in approach might be attributed to Manchester City’s pursuit of Lucas Paqueta, a player they are eager to bring in.
The Etihad outfit’s interest in Lucas Paqueta is expected to intensify in the coming days, with reports indicating a higher bid is in the works.
West Ham are open to considering the inclusion of players in the deal, particularly the identified Cole Palmer and Taylor Harwood-Bellis. The latter could also provide additional depth in the center-back position for the Hammers.
Palmer, 21, recently made his presence felt in Manchester City’s Premier League opener against Burnley in just a short ten-minute cameo. He also featured in the Community Shield clash against Arsenal with a goal in the game.
Having made 40 appearances for City’s first team, Palmer possesses a burgeoning reputation. However, his prospects for regular playing time at the Etihad might be limited this season, spurring interest from clubs like West Ham.
Palmer, known for his versatility and a left-footed playing style, typically operates on the right side. West Ham manager David Moyes is considering a tactical reshuffle, pondering the possibility of deploying the 26-year-old Jarrod Bowen in a central role alongside Palmer.
Moyes envisions an exciting partnership between the two, with both players potentially contributing to West Ham’s attack.
Football Writer Covering Brighton & Hove Albion.