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Report: West Ham, Leeds, Ancelotti and Nuno in transfer tussle for 24-year-old centre-back
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Report: West Ham, Leeds, Ancelotti and Nuno in transfer tussle for 24-year-old centre-back

According to an exclusive report from 90 Min, West Ham, Everton, Wolves and Leeds want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko this summer.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

Angelo Ogbonna, despite his brilliance last season, will be 33 next year. Meanwhile, Winston Reid, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop have all been linked with exits from east London.

The problem for Moyes is that he has limited funds to play with. So he must sell before he can buy.

Mykola Matviyenko (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

In spite of that fact, 90 Min claims that West Ham are interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s £20 million-rated centre-back Mykola Matviyenko. The Hammers may face competition from Leeds, Wolves and Everton for the 24-year-old’s signature, however.

The 26-capped Ukraine international made 39 appearances for Shakhtar last season (Transfermarkt).

In six Champions League appearances last term, the 6ft 1in centre-back averaged 1.2 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 5.8 clearances per game. He also won an average of 1.8 aerial duals per game (Who Scored).

Mykola Matviyenko (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

At 24, the Ukrainian ace has already won two league titles and four cups with Shakhtar. So despite his tender years, he is already an experienced winner.

Matviyenko is also incredibly versatile. He can play at right-back and left-back as well as in central defence.

£20 million does seem like decent value for the 24-year-old. But given our current financial problems, Leeds, Everton and Wolves are surely better placed to sign him.

He does seem like the ideal addition for West Ham, however. And if Moyes manages to raise the funds, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be trying to sign Matviyenko this summer.