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West Ham: Irons make Aaron Wan-Bissaka approach

West Ham: Irons make Aaron Wan-Bissaka approach - Premier League News

West Ham United have been rebuffed in an approach for Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic

The lowdown

The defender moved from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in a £50m deal in 2019 but has now fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has played just four minutes across their first four Premier League matches of the campaign, with new manager Erik ten Hag preferring Diogo Dalot at right-back up to this point.

West Ham already have two right-back options in their squad in the form of Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson, but GSB are seemingly keen to add depth in that area.

The latest

Ornstein tweeted that ‘Man Utd have received approaches’ for Wan-Bissaka ‘from Crystal Palace & West Ham’, but both have been dismissed.

Manchester United ‘don’t plan to sell or loan’ the defender because they want two right-backs in their squad and it’s probably ‘too late’ for the Red Devils to recruit any replacement.

The verdict

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wan-Bissaka’s name continually mentioned in connection with West Ham in the coming months if he continues to struggle for game-time under Ten Hag.

While his attacking numbers are uninspiring – he ranks in the sixth percentile for non-penalty expected goals and expected assists per 90 – he’s very impactful out of possession, placing in the top three percentiles for interceptions and blocks per game among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the last 365 days (via FBRef).

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It’s easy to forget that this is a player who won Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year Award in 2018/19 and made the Europa League Squad of the Season in 2020/21 when Manchester United were runners-up.

Jamie Carragher once called him ‘the best one-on-one defender for a full-back in the world’, while former Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously said that ‘it is virtually impossible to go past him’ because of the defender’s ‘exceptional’ skills in this department.

Indeed, when it comes to being dribbled past, Wan-Bissaka is in the 97th percentile, indicating that he’s bypassed very rarely, and he seems like a teak-tough defender who’d be a fine addition to West Ham’s defence if they can get him in before Thursday night’s transfer deadline.

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