West Ham United, and by extension their manager David Moyes, are seemingly planning a potential transfer hijack as news emerges on AZ Alkmaar left-back Owen Wijndal.
The Lowdown: West Ham set for ‘busy’ summer…
The Hammers have confirmed two first-team signings already this summer as both Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola arrive on permanent deals from Ligue 1.
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A potential understudy to left-back Aaron Cresswell is said to be on Moyes’ transfer agenda.
The Latest: West Ham aim to hijack Wijndal move…
According to reports, it appears that the Irons and Moyes are attempting to hijack a move by European giants Ajax for left-back target Wijndal.
Indeed, 90min claimed that West Ham have now made contact over the availability of the AZ defender, with his proposed move to Amsterdam having stalled over personal terms.
The Dutch giants were in pole position for Wijndal but their stumbling block over the 22-year-old’s contract has motivated Moyes and co to move in and attempt to possibly hijack the move.
The Verdict: Ideal target?
The Netherlands starlet would come as a fantastic capture for West Ham and an ideal heir to Cresswell at left-back.
As per WhoScored, Wijndal is a serious threat along the flank as an offensive overlapping full-back, as evidenced by the fact that he notched a head-turning 10 assists in the Eredivisie last season.
The exciting defender also averaged the third-most key passes per 90 out of AZ’s squad and finished the 2021/22 campaign as their sixth-best performer by average match rating (WhoScored).
It’s little wonder that Dutch football journalists like Michael Bell, founder of news website Football Oranje, have called Wijndal a ‘revelation’, and what a swoop it would be if the Irons could hijack Ajax’s proposed move for the starlet.
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