According to Sky Sports, West Ham United are said to be the ‘most keen’ club of those being linked with Lille defender Sven Botman, despite the Hammers not making any ‘serious noises’ just yet.
The Lowdown: Moyes in centre-back market?
Strengthening West Ham’s options in central defence had been tipped as a real priority for manager David Moyes this summer, according to club insider Claret & Hugh.
That could be more important than ever given Fabian Balbuena has since departed the club, leaving just Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna as their only real options in that position.
The Latest: West Ham ‘most keen’ on Botman…
Of the Premier League clubs interested in Botman, it is explained by Sky that West Ham are now the ‘most keen’ on signing him, despite failing to make any ‘serious noises’ just yet.
Crystal Palace and Newcastle are behind the Irons in terms of interest while newly-promoted Norwich have also tracked him for a long time.
West Ham and other interested parties haven’t registered ‘concrete’ interest yet, while ‘top clubs’ like Man City, Man United and Tottenham admire the player but don’t believe he is ready for the top end of the Premier League just yet.
The Verdict: No brainer?
Valued at around £25.2 million by Transfermarkt, a fee of around that range could be a snip for Botman, given his exploits in 2020/2021.
Starting 37 Ligue 1 matches, the 21-year-old has apparently garnered massive praise from ex-West Ham defender Jose Fonte – with journalist Duncan Castles explaining that the centre-back believes Botman is a ‘machine’ (Planet Football).
Standing at an imposing 6 foot 4, only Tomas Soucek and ex-Irons forward Sebastian Haller won more aerial duels on average than Botman last season (WhoScored) – indicating that he is quite the towering presence.
Still young and with plenty of years ahead of him, a move for the Dutchman could be a real no-brainer.
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