According to a report from Tribal Football, West Ham boss David Moyes is in talks to sign John Obi Mikel, after his contract was terminated with Trabzonspor earlier this season.

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David Moyes will certainly be looking to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium.

But it is highly debatable as to whether John Obi Mikel is the kind of player the Hammers should be targeting.

The 33-year-old made his name in the Premier League with Chelsea, after moving to Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo in the summer of 2016.

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He went on to win two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League with the Blues.

Backwards step for West Ham?

Obi Mikel left west London for China in 2017, however, and he has since played for Middlesbrough and Trabzonspor.

The former Chelsea man is now a free agent having been released from the Turkish club in March.

The Nigeria international is a tough tackling defensive midfielder, but he is clearly not the player he once was.

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John Obi Mikel (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

And signing the 33-year-old would be a really strange move from West Ham. Especially considering the fact that David Moyes has repeatedly claimed that he wants to bring young and hungry players to the London Stadium.

His availability on a free transfer has obviously aroused the Hammers’ interest.

The Nigerian should absolutely not be on West Ham’s radar, however. He isn’t young enough or dynamic enough to make a difference for the east London outfit in the Premier League anymore.

But it really wouldn’t be surprising to see Obi Mikel rock up at the London Stadium this summer.

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