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Our View: West Ham can strike blow to Leeds boss Bielsa by signing towering ace
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Our View: West Ham can strike blow to Leeds boss Bielsa by signing towering ace

West Ham had agreed to sign Silkeborg defender Frederik Alves Ibsen in January for around 10 million DKK (£1.2 million), according to Danish website Bold. But Danish media outlet BT suggest that Leeds are now ready to hijack the Hammers’ move to sign the young centre-back.

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David Moyes will now really have his work cut out if he is to bring the 20-year-old to the London Stadium with Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa allegedly keen to bring him to Elland Road.

West Ham have the opportunity to make a big statement here. Leeds seem to be going places. Whilst we have floundered recently.

But the Hammers would really prove their ambition by beating the Whites to Frederik Alves Ibsen.

Frederik Alves Ibsen (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

The young Dane is certainly not the finished article. But he has great potential.

The 20-year-old, who stands at 6ft 3in tall, has already made 48 senior appearances for Silkeborg (Transfermarkt).

He is a powerful and aerially commanding centre-back. The young Dane seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.

Frederik Alves Ibsen (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

West Ham desperately need to change the way in which they recruit players. We need to be buying young stars with plenty of potential and high ceilings.

Who knows? Alves Ibsen might not have what he takes.

But if Leeds boss Bielsa wants the Dane, he must have something about him.

And the Hammers have the chance to deal a blow to the west Yorkshire outfit by beating them to the 20-year-old. It would also be an indication that the east London club are planning for the future.

The £1.2 million fee for Alves Ibsen means that there would be little risk involved for West Ham. And bringing the Dane to the London Stadium would be smart and ambitious at the same time.