According to a report from Mundo Deportivo (July 30th print edition), West Ham are very keen to sign Barcelona ace Moussa Wague, and a transfer apparently ‘could be close’.
David Moyes needs to sign a new right-back this summer. It is arguably the key area that needs strengthening at the London Stadium.
Ryan Fredericks quite simply isn’t good enough. He has plenty of pace, sure, but aside from that his all around play really is very poor.
The 27-year-old lacks any kind of positional sense and he is always found wanting when opposing attackers run at him.
Ben Johnson is arguably West Ham’s first choice right-back now. And he clearly has a lot of talent. But at just 20-years-old, it is unfair to place to much pressure on the youngster so quickly considering the fact that he has played only four senior games for the Hammers.
So Mundo Deportivo’s claim that West Ham are closing in on Wague certainly makes sense from the outside looking in.
The 21-year-old joined Ligue 1 outfit Nice on deadline day in January, but due to the global health crisis, he only played five games for them.
Wague obviously has a lot of potential, however. Barcelona inserted a £90 million buy-out clause into his contract when they signed him two years ago after all (Daily Mail).
West Ham could pick him up for just £13.5 million now, however, according to Barca’s official website.
And considering the young right-back’s potential, that would represent very good value for the Hammers.