West Ham have shown an interest in signing Ajax right-back Joel Veltman, according to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.
Veltman, who is rated at £6.3 million on Transfermarkt, said that he is “open to a move” though that wasn’t specifically about the Hammers. He followed that up by stating: “I am now 27, I have a one-year contract after this and this is a good moment in itself.”
Veltman missed the majority of last season after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture near the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
However, he was able to make an impact for his side, as they won the Eredivisie title, reached the Champions League semi-final and won the KNVB Beker – though he didn’t play a part in the final competition.
Indeed, his performances in Europe have been rather impressive. Notably, just four days after completing his first 90 minutes since the injury, he played the whole game as Ajax held Juventus to a 1-1 draw. He also went on to last the full game in the return leg and the first against Tottenham Hotspur, which both ended in Ajax wins.
The Dutchman is very assured defensively, with an example being that in Eredivisie last season, he managed two tackles per game while being dribbled past 0.4 times, he also made 1.9 clearances per match.
While Veltman has done well since coming back from injury, the fact he was out for almost the entire season will worry some fans.
What also makes this move difficult to picture, is that the Hammers already have two right-backs in Fredericks and Zabaleta.
If West Ham want to improve the defence, their first port of call should be on the left side, rather than the right, as Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell have both shown a lack of the consistency needed to hold down their place – having started 19 and 18 league games respectively last season.
While Veltman would be a good acquisition, there are other areas West Ham should be prioritising before approaching him.
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