Ajax defender Joel Veltman is not likely to be a West Ham target, according to trusted insider EXWHUEmployee. When quizzed on West Ham’s links with Veltman and whether the interest was genuine, EXWHUEmployee replied: “Don’t think so”.
West Ham linked with Joel Veltman
The Hammers have recently been mentioned as a potential destination for Veltman. The Daily Mail reported that the 27-year-old was ready to leave Ajax to pursue his career elsewhere with West Ham interested.
This was backed up by reports in the Dutch media. According to De Telegraaf, West Ham have already contacted Veltman’s representatives to sound out a move to East London.
De Telegraaf added that Veltman was ready to try a new challenge. West Ham are the only team mentioned in the report so this transfer rumour started to gather some pace.
However, EXWHUEmployee has dismissed this link. While he has not categorically ruled out a move, he has indicated that it would be unlikely at this stage.
Why West Ham do not need Joel Veltman
West Ham defender Sam Byram looks set for the exit door. But that would still leave three first-team right-backs on West Ham’s books. Veltman’s primary position is right-back so he is not a priority.
Ryan Fredericks is likely to take the starting role with two contrasting back-up options. Manuel Pellegrini can call on the experience and nous of veteran Pablo Zabaleta or the youthful exuberance of teenager Ben Johnson.
Alternatively, Veltman could play at left-back. But Pellegrini seems satisfied with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku rotating while Johnson can also cover there.
Veltman can play anywhere across the back-line so he could be West Ham’s fourth centre-back. But the Holland defender is more comfortable at full-back. Perhaps Winston Reid and Reece Oxford would be better choices.