West Ham are keen about the prospect of signing Gary Medel, according to ExWHUEmployee, though no deal has been agreed yet.
These links emerge at a time when Pedro Obiang is set to leave for a fee of £7.4 million, as reported by ExWHUEmployee, with Medel likely to take the Equatorial Guinea international’s place in the team.
Medel has won Copa America twice and now plays for Besiktas, where his contract expires next summer.
Medel made 22 starts and two substitute Turkish Super Lig appearances for Besiktas last season.
During that time he averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 2.5 clearances and 0.4 blocks while committing 1.3 fouls and being dribbled past 1.6 times per game. In possession, he averaged 52.4 passes, with a success rate of 88.7% (via WhoScored).
In contrast, Obiang managed 12 Premier League starts and 12 substitute appearances last season, averaging 1.7 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.6 clearances and 0.4 blocks, while committing 0.5 fouls and being dribbled past 1 time per game. In possession, he made 22.3 passes per game with an accuracy of 80%.
If either is to play in the league at West Ham this season, it will likely be alongside Declan Rice, which means Medel’s defensive stats probably won’t be quite as high, as Rice has a high defensive influence signified by his average of 2.9 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game last season.
However, the Chilean’s superior passing to Obiang could put him in good stead, as Pellegrini is looking to create an exciting style of play, as highlighted by the recent signings of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller and comments made in the past.
At 31-years-old, Medel is at the stage where he is ageing, so West Ham will need to get value if they are to sign him, but the Chilean is a better option than Obiang regardless.
It is difficult to see him getting too much game time, but he can be a solid option if needed, while his Transfermarkt value of £3.38 million indicates he could be a cheap signing this summer.
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