According to a German outlet, West Ham have made an enquiry in a bid to sign Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha this summer.
The Lowdown: After Aguerd
After securing the services of Nayef Aguerd, David Moyes will be keen to strengthen his backline even further, and he appears to have identified the 24-year-old as the next candidate who he would be interested in bringing to the Premier League.
The German spent the second half of last season out on loan at KAA Gent, but has now entered the final year of his contract with his parent club upon return, meaning that they now have to decide whether to renew his deal or sell him on this window.
The Latest: West Ham make Torunarigha enquiry
In a new article published by SportBILD (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that West Ham have made an ‘enquiry’ about the availability of Torunarigha after being impressed with what they saw from him during his recent loan spell.
The source states that Hertha have offered him an extension, but that the centre-back is ‘hesitant’ to agree to the new terms as a result of the approach from the Irons.
The player’s initial plan was to ‘start anew’ with the Bundesliga outfit after a successful period in Belgium, but it’s reported that he is now ‘shaky’ to commit due to the uncertainty of being able to nail down a place in the starting XI.
The Verdict: Defensive cover needed
After the concerning injury situation from last season, with the likes of Ogbonna, Diop and Zouma all spending long spells on the sidelines, it’s no shock to see that Moyes wants to make sure he has plenty of cover available for future reference, and Torunarigha could be the ideal man to come in and offer just that.
The 6 foot 2 colossus, who was once likened to Jerome Boateng by former Hertha coach Pal Dardai, only made seven appearances under Sandro Schwarz before heading out on loan, but managed to make a hugely positive impact when on the pitch, averaging 4.3 clearances and 2.4 interceptions, alongside winning 2.1 of his aerial duels per game via WhoScored, highlighting his physical presence both on the ground and in the air.
Would Torunarigha be a good signing for West Ham?
The fact that Torunarigha is even listening to the enquiry from the Hammers shows that there’s a strong chance he could be keen on making the move, and if they are serious about their interest, it’s a deal that the GSB should look at getting over the line as soon as possible.
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