West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to sign Strasbourg’s £20 million-rated ace Mohamed Simakan, according to a report from the Sun.
The Scot is currently knee deep in a desperate hunt for defensive reinforcements.
The Hammers have been linked with moves for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski (Telegraph), Saint-Etienne ace Wesley Fofana (Sky Sports), Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger (Daily Mail) and Arsenal’s Rob Holding (The Sun) amongst others.
As things stand, however, we appear to be a long way away from actually making a concrete move for anyone.
And now the Sun reckons that Strasbourg ace Mohamed Simakan is attracting attention from West Ham boss David Moyes as well.
The 20-year-old made 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Strasbourg last season. In those outings, the Frenchman averaged 2.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game. He also won an average of 2.1 aerial duals per match during that period of games (Who Scored).
Those are very impressive numbers for someone so young. But Simakan’s age means that spending £20 million on him would be a big risk for West Ham.
The 20-year-old may be a great talent. And he clearly has the potential to go on and become a real star in the game. But we need established players for the here and now.
If West Ham had loads of cash to spend, Simakan would be a great option. But it could be argued that bringing the young Strasbourg ace to the Premier League from France would represent a huge risk for us considering our current situation.