Alleged West Ham target Weston McKennie has informed Aston Villa that he is keen to join them from Schalke this summer, according to a report from the Birmingham Mail.
90 Min claimed yesterday that Hammers David Moyes is keen to bring the 21-year-old midfield ace to the London Stadium from the Bundesliga this summer.
Dean Smith wants to bring the American to Villa Park as well, according to 90 Min.
And unfortunately for West Ham, it seems as though McKennie wants to join Aston Villa.
That’s according to the Birmingham Mail who claim that the Schalke ace has made it clear to the Villans that he wants to move to the west Midlands this summer.
And missing out on the £20 million rated central midfielder would be a big blow for the Hammers. The Schalke ace has so much talent, and £20 million will undoubtedly end up looking like an absolute steal.
The 19-capped United States international racked up three goals in 28 Bundesliga games for Schalke last season (Transfermarkt).
In those outings, the 21-year-old averaged 36.7 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 80.95. He also averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and one dribble per game (Who Scored).
McKennie is young, hungry and supremely talented. In other words he is exactly the kind of player David Moyes has repeatedly said he wants to sign this summer.
So if the American does move to Villa instead, it will be a big blow for the Hammers.
The 21-year-old is industrious, robust and technically gifted. He seems to be ideally suited to the Premier League. And if Aston Villa do end up signing him they will have a seriously good player on their hands.
It will also serve as further evidence of just how far we are falling behind the teams in and around us in the table.