The Lowdown: Looking for a new challenge
David Moyes has already been busy in the summer transfer window, having completed the signings of Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes, and they don’t seem to be the only new additions expected to come through the doors at the London Stadium.
The 25-year-old still has two years remaining on his contract with the German outfit , but has recently been linked with a move away from Sandro Schwarz’s side after admitting that he wants to leave this summer, and a move to the Premier League could well be on the cards.
The Latest: West Ham in talks with Ascacibar
In a tweet by Savalli (relayed via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that West Ham have opened ‘formal talks’ to sign Ascacibar, with GSB ‘expected’ to submit a written offer ‘shortly’ to begin negotiations.
The source claimed that there is also interest from unnamed clubs in both Italy and Spain, with Hertha believed to be ‘looking for’ a fee in the region of €12m (£10.1m) for the Argentine.
The report mentions that it is currently ‘unclear’ as to whether or not the Irons would be willing to meet that asking price at this moment in time.
The Verdict: Perfect profile for Moyes
Moyes clearly knows exactly what he wants when it comes to his midfielders, players who like to get stuck in just as Mark Noble did.
Should West Ham sign Ascacibar?
Ascacibar, who was once dubbed Javier Mascherano’s heir by the former Irons midfielder himself, averaged 3.4 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per Bundesliga game last season (via WhoScored). That is a testament to his fighting spirit, which is no doubt one of the attributes which may have attracted Moyes.
A prospective outlay of just over £10m shouldn’t make much of a dent in the club’s summer budget, and for someone on the market in a position where West Ham could do with reinforcements, they haven’t got much to lose.
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