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Ellyes Skhiri reportedly hands in transfer request amidst West Ham links

West Ham United target Ellyes Skhiri has handed in a transfer request according to a report from German publication BILD.

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The Hammers were recently linked with a move to sign the Cologne midfielder by football journalist Walid Elmechri.

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German publication Express also claimed that David Moyes wants to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium this summer.

Central midfield is certainly an area where the West Ham boss needs to strengthen this summer.

Ellyes Skhiri has allegedly handed in a transfer request amidst links with West Ham United (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

We think that the Cologne ace would be a great signing. He could be available for around £20 million this summer – brilliant value for a player of his ilk.

Ellyes Skhiri hands in transfer request amidst West Ham links

BILD claims that the Tunisia international wants out at the Rhein Energie Stadion.

Skhiri is a defensive midfielder by trade. He is incredibly versatile as well and can operate at centre-back and right-back.

Ellyes Skhiri celebrates after scoring for Cologne last season (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

With West Ham keen to bolster in so many different positions, signing the 26-year-old for £20 million would be a really smart move from Moyes.

The Cologne ace is a dynamic, powerful central midfielder. He is aggressive and tenacious in the tackle.

In 32 Bundesliga games last season, Skhiri racked up five goals and three assists (Transfermarkt).

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At 26, he is at the ideal age to make the move to the Premier League from the Bundesliga. He has all of the attributes needed to succeed in England. And now that he has allegedly handed in a transfer request, West Ham should not hesitate to bring him to the London Stadium.

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