Journalist Pete O’Rourke has endorsed a possible West Ham United move for top ‘pedigree’ free agent Dan Axel-Zagadou.
The Lowdown: Hammers eye Zagadou move…
In the past few days, David Moyes’ side have been heavily linked with a move for the centre-back, who left Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer window.
Zagadou is available on a Bosman transfer and RMC Sport journalist Fabrice Hawkins has claimed West Ham are in ‘pole position’ for his signature ahead of French side Lyon.
It’s believed that the Premier League side have offered a four-year deal to Zagadou and his representatives with O’Rourke now claiming he could be a good addition if West Ham get it done.
The Latest: O’Rourke backs move
Reacting to the links in a chat with The Transfer Tavern, O’Rourke says that Zagadou is one of the better free agents on the market now and would come with ‘good pedigree’.
When asked if he would be a solid West Ham signing, the journalist explained:
“Zagadou is probably one of the better free agents that are still out there in the market right now.
“He’s got good pedigree having played for Borussia Dortmund and played at the highest level in the Champions League as well.”
The Verdict: Make the move?
Zagadou’s long history of injury problems will come as a red flag for Moyes and head of recruitment Rob Newman.
That being said, former Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose heaped real praise on the 23-year-old when fit, calling him ‘excellent’ whilst also hoping that he would renew his contract at the club.
If Rose still highly rates Zagadou in that manner, it’s clear he could do a job at West Ham when fit and available, provided his old fitness issues don’t re-emerge.
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