West Ham have been told that they would need to stump up a significantly higher fee for Matty Cash than the amount they’re currently willing to offer.
The Sun reported that Nottingham Forest are demanding £18m for the right-back, with the Hammers presently prepared to offer just £12m for the 22-year-old and the City Ground club unwilling to accept that amount. The Sun have also claimed that the in-demand Forest man has attracted transfer interest from AC Milan and Everton in the January transfer window.
Cash has been a near-constant presence in Nottingham Forest’s line-up this season and has proven to be a useful attacking threat from right-back, with two goals and four assists in 30 appearances for Sabri Lamouchi’s side in 2019/20. He has played 2,517 minutes of football this term, with a goal every 1,258.5 minutes and an assist every 629.25 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
The 22-year-old has averaged 1.1 key passes, 0.9 crosses and one successful dribble per game, hinting at an aptitude for getting forward to good effect. He is also diligent in his defensive duties, with match averages of three successful tackles and 1.4 interceptions. [via WhoScored]
David Moyes is not blessed with a plethora of right-back options at London Stadium, with Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta his only two options in that role. The former, who is out until next month with a hamstring problem, has provided two assists from 18 games this season and is yet to score, while he ranks lower than Cash for key passes (0.9), crosses (0.5) and completed dribbles (0.4) per game. While he has averaged more tackles per game (3.2) than the Nottingham Forest man, he has a lower interceptions per game average (0.9).
Zabaleta, who turned 35 last week, hasn’t contributed to a goal in his 12 games this season and has not been as effective in either defence or attack as Cash. The veteran Argentine has averaged only 0.3 key passes, 0.2 successful dribbles and 0.1 crosses per game, with match averages of 1.9 successful tackles and 1.4 interceptions (as per WhoScored).
West Ham’s lack of options at right-back, especially with Fredericks injured, ought to make that position a priority for Moyes in the last few days of the transfer window, and Cash’s statistics suggest that he would be an upgrade on what the Hammers currently have in his position.
A fee of £18m for a Championship player may seem excessive but the Nottingham Forest man would appear to be just the addition that West Ham need for a position where they are currently very threadbare and which would be greatly strengthened by Cash’s arrival at London Stadium.
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