The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas says Monaco star Benoit Badiashile is an ideal January signing for West Ham.
It is no coincidence that West Ham struggled almost immediately after losing Angelo Ogbonna to a season-ending injury back in November.
Consecutive Premier League wins in the last two games have seen David Moyes get West Ham’s season back on track.
Prior to that the Hammers had won just one in seven Prem games.
And much of their struggles can be attributed to the loss of Ogbonna.
Not just because he is a top quality, experienced defender. But because he is that rare thing – a left-footed centre half.
West Ham looked brilliant at the back with Ogbonna alongside Kurt Zouma – who is also out injured until at least February.
And a lot of West Ham’s attacks were started through Ogbonna taking the ball quickly and comfortably on his natural foot and either advancing and playing balls through the middle of the pitch or spraying it wide to the left.
To that end – and with Ogbonna turning 34 in May – reports have abound that Moyes is hunting a left-footed centre-back in the January transfer window.
Now Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas says Monaco star Benoit Badiashile is the ideal January signing for West Ham.
“The hope for Moyes is to sign a younger player who could potentially be Zouma’s long-term defensive partner,” Thomas said in a West Ham transfer update on The Athletic.
“His fellow Frenchman Benoit Badiashile is a highly-rated defender who has attracted attention from Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. He would fit into the Sensible Transfers bracket, largely because he is young and so has resale value.
“The 20-year-old, who currently plays for Monaco, turned down a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2020…
“What would make Badiashile an ideal signing is that he is left-footed and could be viewed as Ogbonna’s long-term successor.
“Badiashile, whose current contract runs until the summer of 2024, has played for France from under-16 level to under-21, earning a combined total of 40 caps.
“Although he is not known for being a goalscoring defender, he is capable of playing in a high-possession side.”
It must be noted Thomas is only making a suggestion. And on the face of it Badiashile would tick all the boxes for Moyes’s recruitment policy.
Whether West Ham can afford him, Monaco would be willing to sell or the player would welcome a move to east London remains to be seen.