West Ham target Dorrans as O’Neill replacement at Upton Park

Sometimes, the transfer window can provide the perfect opportunity for players to refresh their career after spending long periods at their current club.

This is certainly the case with Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans who has been widely linked with a move away from The Hawthorns after being dropped from the first team towards the end of last season.

There has been interest from several Premier League clubs in the Scotsman but it seems that West Ham could be the favourites to sign the player with boss Sam Allardyce determined to sign him at all costs.

Allardyce sees Dorrans as the perfect figure to replace Gary O’Neill who left the club at the end of last season after failing to sign a new contract at Upton Park.

It’s thought that West Ham would be willing to spend between £4-5m on the player and bring them into boost the depth at The Hammers.

But West Ham are certainly set for a fight if they want to be the club to sign Dorrans with both Norwich and Cardiff interested in his services.

Both teams have been searching for a central midfielder in the transfer window so far although neither club have come close to adding to their squad so far.

It’s not difficult to see why the clubs are interested in Dorrans who has showed off that he is worthy of a starting place in the Premier League with some consistent form over the past 3 years in the top flight with West Brom.

Dorrans has actually become a name synonymous with West Broom since joining the club in 2008 and has made 151 appearances scoring 25 goals.

However, Dorrans struggled to maintain a regular starting place with The Baggies last season making 26 appearances in the league.

Dorrans has also made an impact in the Scottish sides since debuting back in 2009 and has notched up 9 appearances for his country including earning a man of the match award against the Czech Republic back in 2010.

Despite the reported interest in the Scotsman, no clubs have yet to make a formal offer to West Brom which has prompted speculation that Dorrans will still be at The Hawthorns come the end of August.

But if Dorrans is set to be frozen out of the West Brom line-up, a move away from The Hawthorns could certainly be a good option to prevent his career from stalling within the near future.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!