According to a report from HLN, Southampton are lining up a January swoop for Real Sociedad ace Adnan Januzaj. So could West Ham boss David Moyes be tempted to join the race and bring his old favourite to the London Stadium?
Moyes is a huge fan of the 12-capped Belgium international.
The Scot gave the 25-year-old his Manchester United debut way back in 2013 whilst he was in charge at Old Trafford.
The West Ham manager then brought Januzaj to Sunderland on a season-long loan in 2016 during his stint in charge of the Black Cats.
Moyes raved about the Sociedad winger seven years ago, describing him as outstanding and making a bold comparison with Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney, as quoted by the Guardian:
“I gave Wayne Rooney his Premier League debut and Adnan is certainly up there in terms of quality. As far as debuts go, I would be surprised if even the great players in United’s past have shown such promise on day one. It wasn’t just the two goals, his whole game was outstanding.”
Moyes to join Adnan race?
We do have plenty of options in the right and left wing department. But should Moyes decide to move Felipe Anderson and/or Andriy Yarmolenko on either in January or next summer, the prospect of the West Ham boss swooping for Januzaj is surely a very real possibility.
Southampton allegedly lining up a move to sign the Belgian may well pique Moyes’s interest in his former player.
The problem is that Januzaj has a release clause worth around £54 million (The Sun). It is suggested that the 25-year-old could be picked up for closer to £25 million, however.
The Belgian has impressed during his time in Spain. He has 16 goals and 14 assists to his name in 96 games for Sociedad (Transfermarkt).
And if Southampton do indeed swoop in for him in January, it would be no surprise to see West Ham boss David Moyes join the party.
Whether the Hammers actually need Januzaj is another matter, however. It could be argued that there are other positions more in need of strengthening.
If the price is right though, the Sociedad ace certainly wouldn’t be the worst signing in the world.