West Ham United are eyeing a summer move for Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to club insiders Claret & Hugh.
The Lowdown: Previous interest
After being released by Inter Milan as he was not allowed to play in Italy with a cardioverter-defibrillator implant device, the former Tottenham man was available on a free transfer.
Irons manager David Moyes has admitted that he explored the idea of signing the 30-year-old before the Denmark international decided to join Thomas Frank’s side. Moyes even revealed that the Hammers were approached by the player’s representatives, but the east London club were cautious about his health at the time.
The Latest: West Ham still interested in Eriksen
According to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, Moyes could now be tempted to reignite his interest in the Danish playmaker ahead of a potential summer move.
However, it is also reported that Eriksen’s former club Tottenham are expected to be the front-runners if the player does choose to leave Brentford, where his current contract expires at the end of the season.
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The Verdict: Good move if it comes off
Spurs manager Antonio Conte was very complimentary of Eriksen after Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Brentford on Saturday, claiming that “it’s amazing” to see the midfielder performing at the level that he is following his near-death experience less than a year ago.
Eriksen’s underlying statistics illustrate why a whole host of clubs, including West Ham and Tottenham, are eyeing summer moves for the player. According to FBRef, the 30-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals and the 98th percentile for shots and expected assists among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues.
Therefore, with Moyes looking to add depth to his midfield, signing Eriksen on a free transfer would be a good bit of business by the club, although convincing him to join the Hammers over the Lilywhites may prove tricky given his previous ties to the north Londoners.
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