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“Been on their radar for a year” – Journalist delivers update on West Ham’s pursuit of Hull City star and other Championship players

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Premier League outfit West Ham United are monitoring five or six Championship players ahead of the summer transfer window and Hull City’s Keane Lewis-Potter is one of them, according to transfer insider Dean Jones who spoke to Football League World.

The Hammers haven’t been afraid to scan the EFL for talent this term, being linked with several Championship stars in recent months including Lewis-Potter, who has recorded 11 goals and four assists in 44 league appearances for the Tigers during the 2021/22 campaign.

It’s his contributions that have gone a long way in keeping Shota Arveladze’s side afloat in the second tier following their promotion from League One last season, but David Moyes’ men are not alone in their pursuit of the versatile attacker.

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Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be keeping a close eye on him ahead of a potential summer move, although it’s currently unclear whether he will leave during the next transfer window with Arveladze keen to retain him.

In terms of Moyes’ side, they haven’t been afraid to scan the EFL for talent this season with Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson, West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper Sam Johnstone and AFC Bournemouth centre-back Lloyd Kelly also being linked with a transfer to the London Stadium.

This focus on the EFL hasn’t ceased according to journalist Jones, who has now revealed that the Hammers have been keeping tabs on Hull’s Lewis-Potter for around a year now and will consider launching a bid for his services at the end of the campaign.

He said: “The other way to look at it is they (West Ham) want to try and get on board some of the best talent in the country right now and he’s certainly one of those players.

“So he’s (Lewis-Potter) been on their radar for a year, certainly is one they’re going to contemplate at the end of the season, but I’d say that there are probably four, maybe five other players in the Championship right now that they’re looking to sign and he’s just one of them.”

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Considering he also shone in League One last season along with Forest’s Johnson who was at Lincoln City, it’s no real surprise that the Hammers have had the former on their radar for a while because they have the funds to expand their search for players far and wide.

Lewis-Potter and Johnson have been linked with a move to the London Stadium so you would certainly expect a wide man to come in even if it isn’t one of the duo, though both could be great potential signings after seeing the success they have enjoyed with Jarrod Bowen in the English capital.

In terms of West Brom’s Johnstone, he could be an excellent replacement for Alphonse Areola if the Frenchman returns to Paris St-Germain in the summer and they would be able to recruit the England international on a free transfer too.

The need for the top-tier outfit to have as much depth as possible has become particularly important recently with the club competing in Europe and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they qualified for the Conference League in time for next year.

This is why a few current EFL players may have a big part to play for Moyes’ side next season even if they aren’t one of the first names on the teamsheet – because they look set to be involved in quite a few competitions during the 2022/23 campaign.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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