West Ham United’s hopes of signing Christian Eriksen have been given a big boost after Inter Milan confirmed he will leave in January.
The Hammers were first linked with a move to sign the former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker earlier this month when Eurosport claimed David Moyes wanted to bring the 28-year-old to the London Stadium.
At the time, the links seemed tenuous at best and were scoffed at by some West Ham fans.
Twist for West Ham after early Eriksen reports were written off as silly season
Written off as the start of the silly season, many supporters did not pay too much attention to the links.
Things have taken somewhat of a twist in West Ham’s favour, though. First Gazzetta dello Sport (Print edition, December 22nd, pages 2 and 3) claims that Inter are now willing to send Eriksen out on loan.
West Ham are said to be closely watching his situation with a view to making a January move.
Inter allegedly want around £12 million to sell Eriksen (ESPN), who is demanding a salary of £120,000 per week.
West Ham are strapped for cash right now. But a loan with an option or obligation to buy could be a genuine possibility.
Inter open to initial loan as club chief confirms Eriksen is on transfer list and will leave in January
If Inter cover some of his salary for the initial loan, it’s not completely outside the realms of reality that the Hammers could sign him in January.
Now West Ham’s chances have been boosted further after Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed Eriksen has been placed on the transfer list and WILL leave in January after a nightmare 12 months at San Siro (Sky Sports).
“Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list,” Marotta told Sky Sports.
“He’s going to leave in January. He’s not functional to our plans and he has had difficulty here at Inter. I think it’s right that Christian goes away to find more space.
‘It’s only fair he goes where he can play more regularly’
“Obviously we will need to find a solution. That is not any insult towards his professionalism, there is no punishment.
“It’s just a situation that has developed and it’s only fair he goes where he can play more regularly.”
Eriksen would be an outstanding addition for West Ham.
Moyes has a strong, hardworking midfield in the form of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
But the Hammers do lack guile and creativity at times. At 28 Eriksen still has plenty to offer.
And he is a proven Premier League performer with Spurs.
West Ham’s big problem is that there will surely be lots of competition for Eriksen’s signature.
The big ace card could be that Eriksen will favour a return to London having spent seven years here with Spurs.