Throughout the years of rumors and speculation that Zlatan may move to the Premier League, West Ham was never a club in the conversation as a possible landing spot for the legendary Swede.
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After Zlatan’s recent comments in which he promised that “big things” will happen this summer, the Hammers have surprisingly seen their name thrown in the mix with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United.
Swedish football journalist Olof Lundh then said that because David Beckham’s MLS franchise in Miami is yet to take shape, Zlatan would prefer a move to London.
It is pretty likely [Zlatan goes to the Premier League]. In the beginning he preferred to go to the US with Miami but since David Beckham has had some problems getting the stadium ready and it’s not ready until 2018.
I think he is looking to play in Europe at the top level and, of course, the Premier League is interesting for him. I think he would like to live in London. Whether that would be Chelsea, Arsenal or maybe even West Ham, we will see.
The fact that West Ham is even on that list shows how far the club has come, currently sitting fifth in the PL and pushing for a spot in the Champions League next season. With an attack-minded manager in Slaven Bilic and a move to the Olympic Stadium next season, the Hammers have emerged as an attractive destination for top players.
West Ham chairman David Gold then confirmed the club’s interest in Zlatan, saying most of their focus this summer will go towards signing a striker, with Ibrahimovic the only name on that list Gold was willing to publicize.
Should West Ham be able to sign a player of Zlatan’s caliber, it could mark a turning point in the Premier League. The Hammers are a club on the rise, and seeing Zlatan in the claret and blue would be shocking yet amazing for the league.