West Ham United have made an enquiry to sign Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners, according to an Italian report.
The Lowdown: Irons miss out on Onana
The Irons suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on the opening day of the season last weekend, and it was clear to see that a new addition in the middle of the park is still needed.
After missing out on summer target Amadou Onana, who has joined Everton, David Moyes will now be on the hunt for a suitable alternative to add to his ranks, and it looks like he’s turned his attention to the Netherlands.
The Latest: West Ham make contact
Italian outlet CalcioAtalanta (via Sport Witness) reported on Tuesday that Koopmeiners had been the subject of an ‘enquiry’ from West Ham ‘in the last few hours’.
The source states that the ‘idea’ for him to move to the London Stadium would be to work ‘alongside’ Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, but due to the transfer window closing in less than three weeks, ‘a possible negotiation would be very complicated’.
It’s believed that Atalanta currently view their maestro as ‘almost unsellable’, though money always talks when it comes to finalising a deal.
The Verdict: Next up after Kehrer?
After the disappointment of failing to secure Onana, West Ham now have the chance to make things right with the signing of Koopmeiners, and what a fantastic addition he would be.
The Dutchman, hailed the ‘best player in Holland’ by Alan Pardew, averaged 1.3 tackles per Serie A game last season, displaying his work rate and ability to get stuck in, a quality that Moyes admires.
He also recorded 1.6 key passes per 90 minutes, via WhoScored, showing his desire to play the ball forward and assist his team in the attacking areas of the pitch.
Thilo Kehrer could soon put pen to paper with the Irons after GSB submitted an official bid, and Koopmeiners would be an excellent next addition.
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