Premier League

Forget Arter: West Ham should sign this £8.1m-rated Australian midfielder to support Noble

The West Ham United fans are feeling apprehensive in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their season-defining fixture against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. 

David Moyes takes his side to Wales this weekend for a relegation six-pointer which could make or break their bid to beat the drop this season. West Ham will travel with a lack of options in central midfield due to the injuries which Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang continue to carry, and the clubs shortage in this position is reportedly causing David Moyes to turn his attention to potential summer signings.

According to The Daily Express, Moyes is interested in signing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter next summer for a fee worth £10 million, despite the fact The Cherries rejected a bid worth £8 million for his services in the January window. Although Arter has put in a series of accomplished displays in the past for Bournemouth, West Ham’s interest seems rather puzzling considering he has struggled for first-team opportunities this season.

The Hammers will need to demonstrate a greater level of ambition in the transfer market if they want to improve as a team and potentially make a bid for Europa League qualification next season. With that being said, Moyes should abandon his pursuit of Arter in the summer and instead consider a move for Huddersfield’s Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy (valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt).

Mooy has consistently been a standout player for The Terriers since he first arrived at the club on loan from Manchester City in 2016, and his performances have been integral to the clubs rise into the top-flight of English football. His development represents something of a unique achievement, as few players have successfully made the transition from Australian to English football with such ease.

Moyes will certainly need to increase the depth of his midfield options next summer, but rather than just adding players to pad out the squad, he should sign a complete midfielder who will add genuine quality to the spine of the team and deliver a level of performance that could carry the club into the top-half of the table, and maybe even Europe.

Aaron Mooy fits the aforementioned description and he possesses the relevant Premier League experience to justify a move to the London Stadium, so he should be at the top of Moyes’ wish-list when the transfer window reopens next summer.


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