Gianluca Scamacca, Filip Kostic and Nayef Aguerd line-up in exciting new West Ham formation – but no place for Michail Antonio in transformative Hammers team

    No Jesse Lingard? No problem if you’re a West Ham fan.

    The Hammers missed out on their No.1 target this summer as Lingard opted to join Nottingham Forest instead.

    Kostic [left] and Scamacca [right] are expected to join West Ham this summer

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    Kostic [left] and Scamacca [right] are expected to join West Ham this summer

    However, they look set to overcome that disappointment pretty quickly by landing Gianluca Scamacca and Filip Kostic in the coming days.

    Italy striker Scamacca is in London to complete a medical on Tuesday and looks set to be announced imminently after West Ham agreed a £30.5million deal with Sassuolo.

    The 23-year-old bagged 16 goals in Serie A last season and earned a call-up to the national team as a result.

    His arrival could be bad news for Michail Antonio, who now faces a fight to be the Hammers’ first-choice striker.

    Despite a fast start to the 2021/22 campaign, the goals dried up for the Jamaican, leaving West Ham searching for more attacking depth and possibly even a replacement in their starting XI.

    Meanwhile, the arrival of Eintracht Frankfurt star Kostic could result in more wholesale changes to David Moyes’ side.

    New signing Aguerd went down with an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Rangers on Tuesday

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    New signing Aguerd went down with an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Rangers on Tuesday

    It is understood West Ham have agreed a fee worth around £17m for the wide man – who starred against them in the Europa League last season.

    The 29-year-old Serbian has thrived as wing-back in Germany, having been converted from a left winger.

    With the Hammers also splashing £30m on Nayef Aguerd, the highly-rated centre-back from Rennes, fans at the London Stadium could see a new formation this term.

    Moyes has traditionally deployed a 4-2-3-1 system in his second spell at West Ham, but the club’s business over the summer transfer window hints at a back-five.

    This was commonly used during the Scot’s first spell at the Hammers – and even with four at the back – his full-backs are encouraged to get forward and create chances.

    With everyone fit, here is how West Ham could line up next season…

    West Ham have all the tools to deploy wing-backs

    West Ham have all the tools to deploy wing-backs

    However, those plans may have been scuppered by an injury to Aguerd during pre-season.

    The Moroccan faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing successful surgery on an ankle problem.

    With Issa Diop set to join Fulham and question marks over Angelo Ogbonna, Moyes may stick to a back four until Aguerd is available.

    That could create room for Aaron Cresswell to retain his place in the side and push Kostic into a more attacking role…

    How West Ham could look to start the season

    Aguerd’s injury could delay any wholesale changes

    Aguerd’s injury could delay any wholesale changes

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