Newcastle United have reportedly swooped in for West Ham United target Evan Ndicka ahead of the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report from Romagiallorossa.it who claim that Newcastle are one of the clubs who are ‘especially’ showing interest in the 23-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back.
That is really bad news for West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes allegedly wants to bring the French defender to the London Stadium in January (Calciomercato).
And he could be available for just £7 million this winter, with the Bundesliga side reluctant to lose him for absolutely nothing when his contract expires in the summer.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe allegedly trying to bring Ndicka to St James’ Park will obviously be a huge problem for West Ham though…
West Ham face competition from Newcastle for Even Ndicka in January
Romagiallorossa.it claim that the Hammers have our work cut out this winter, with the Magpies ready to swoop in for the 23-year-old centre-back.
Ndicka would literally, be the perfect January signing for us.
He’s young, a brilliant central defender and has all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League. It might be time to face up to the reality that we might not be able to beat Newcastle to his signature though.
And what a huge shame that would be.
The Frenchman is a truly elite defender, make no mistake about that.
In 32 Bundesliga games for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, Ndicka bagged four goals and four assists. During those appearances, he averaged 1.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 4.1 clearances per game (Who Scored).
The 23-year-old also won 3.8 aerial duels per match and recorded a completion rate of 83.3% from 56.9 attempted passes per game (Who Scored).
Ndicka is an absolute colossus. Standing at 6ft 4in tall, he is totally dominant in the air. The centre-back seems to be tailor made for Premier League football.
He has been described as an ‘integral’ player for Frankfurt this season by The Mastermind Site.
Football journalist Zach Lowy has described the centre-back as a ‘brilliant’ player.
If Newcastle sign Ndicka in January it will very much be their gain and West Ham United’s loss.
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