According to a report from the Sun, West Ham could hold an advantage in the race to sign Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi this month, due to the fact that David Moyes has previously tried to sign the Frenchman.
The Hammers are desperately short in the central midfield department. They need more power, athleticism and generally more of a physical presence in the middle of the park.
The 31-year-old World Cup winning midfielder is a perfect fit for that criteria.
Although West Ham would ideally sign a younger player than Nzonzi, he does possess all of the attributes that they currently need, and the former Sevilla man would be a quick fix for the east London outfit’s problems.
The experienced midfielder, who is currently on loan with Turkish outfit Galatasaray, probably wouldn’t take too long to settle in at the London Stadium either, having spent a total of six years in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City respectively.
The Sun claims that the Hammers want to sign the 6ft 4in powerhouse, but will face competition from Aston villa.
The British tabloid claims that Moyes’s previous courtship of Nzonzi could influence his final decision, however.
The Frenchman would certainly offer West Ham something totally different in the middle of the park. He would bring a certain kind of physicality, energy and tenacity that the Hammers haven’t had since they sold Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2018.
And if West Ham can pick Nzonzi up for a reasonable fee, he could turn out to be a very useful addition to Moyes’s side.