Ex-Chelsea boss linked with stunning switch to West Ham as pressure continues to mount on Moyes

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Maurizio Sarri, Lazio manager September 2021 Credit: Alamy
Maurizio Sarri, Lazio manager September 2021 Credit: Alamy

West Ham United are believed to be considering replacing David Moyes with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, according to reports. 

Moyes has found himself under increasing pressure this season, with the Hammers currently in serious danger of relegation.

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The London club, after qualifying for back-to-back European campaigns, have failed to build upon their previous success despite heavy investment in the squad.

Indeed, West Ham currently sit in a disappointing 18th place in the Premier League table, after winning just six games out of their 26 matches so far.

This is despite bringing in big-money signings such as Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta last summer, who cost the club a combined sum of approximately £81.5m.

As a result, you would think that if West Ham fail to turn around their form quickly, it seems very likely that Moyes will be sacked sooner rather than later.

The Hammers have already begun drawing up a shortlist of potential replacement candidates, with Rafael Benitez, Michael Carrick and Marcelo Bielsa all linked with the job.

But now, Sarri has emerged as a surprise candidate and arguably has the experience to guide West Ham back up the Premier League table.

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Survival is paramount for West Ham

This is according to Italian outlet Il Messagero, who claim that West Ham are one of three English clubs currently eyeing the Lazio boss – alongside Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Sarri’s relationship with the Italian club’s director of football Igli Tare is believed to be fragile, with the former Chelsea man demanding more in terms of transfer funds ahead of the summer window.

They also note that the 64-year-old has just rejected a big-money offer from an unnamed club in the United Arab Emirates.

Much could depend on whether or not West Ham can survive this season, though, as it’s unlikely that Sarri would want to manage a club in the Championship.

However, if the Hammers can avoid relegation this term, there is a good chance that he would seize the opportunity to return to the Premier League.

Despite being sacked by Chelsea after a very public falling out with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sarri did manage to clinch a Europa League title with the Blues, before going on to win a scudetto with Juventus.

The manager generally deploys an attacking 4-3-3 formation, which is massively different than the defensive approach preferred by Moyes that Hammers’ fans seem to be increasingly frustrated by.

While this could prove to be a solid appointment on paper, this is all hypothetical at the moment, as a midseason switch to the London Stadium seems unlikely for Sarri.

With that in mind, West Ham’s current focus will solely be on remaining in the Premier League.

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