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Mixed news for West Ham and Brentford in David Ornstein's Christian Eriksen transfer update

There was mixed news for West Ham and Brentford in David Ornstein’s latest Christian Eriksen transfer update.

West Ham are said to have been watching the Eriksen situation closely as Brentford face an anxious wait over their contract offer.

Eriksen was an absolute sensation for Brentford since returning to football – and England – following the traumatic scenes which shocked the world during the Euros.

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West Ham have allegedly been keeping tabs on the Eriksen situation over at Brentford.

That’s according to a report from 90 Min at the end of April which claimed his old club Tottenham were leading West Ham and the Bees in the race to sign the 30-year-old this summer.

Hammers boss David Moyes admitted he has an interest in Eriksen after West Ham were offered the chance to sign the brilliant playmaker before Thomas Frank brought his fellow Dane to Brentford instead.

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Speaking to the Daily Star, Moyes noted that Eriksen could have been a West Ham player but admitted there was uncertainty at the time about his health.

“Yes, he was mentioned to us – and to a few clubs about coming back,” said Moyes – who is a close friend of Bees boss Frank.

“Eriksen is a player a lot of people would look at and think, ‘my goodness’. But I think everybody was more unsure then. And to be honest there’s the huge Danish connection at Brentford, with the manager and some of their players.

“They maybe had more insight on him than the rest of us – on his health and when he was going to come back. I don’t think he played for a couple of months after he first signed for Brentford. A lot of people wondered how it was going to work out.

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“He’s an inspiration to so many – to keep going and not give up. But I don’t think we ever doubted his footballing ability. Everybody recognises he’s a top footballer,” he added.

According to Sky Sports, Brentford have offered Eriksen a long-term contract and are now anxiously waiting for his reply. 

It is a big decision for Eriksen, who now has a long line of suitors including West Ham.

Central midfield is a key area West Ham must strengthen this summer with Mark Noble having retired and Alex Kral returning to Spartak Moscow after an unsuccessful loan spell.

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So West Ham and Brentford fans will take great interest in an update on the Dane’s situation from The Athletic’s journalist Ornstein.

There was mixed news for West Ham and Brentford in Ornstein’s Eriksen transfer update.

The bad news for both London clubs is that Manchester United have taken a very real interest in Eriksen and Ornstein claims new boss Erik ten Hag has made the midfielder an offer.

The update also highlighted that Eriksen is keen to play Champions League football again.

West Ham and Brentford may struggle to compete with the pull of the Red Devils and, like Man United, cannot offer Champions League football.

But there was some encouragement too for Moyes and Frank.

Because Ornstein highlighted that Eriksen recently made it clear Champions League football is ‘not essential’ for him when it comes to choosing where he will sign this summer.

“Manchester United have made an offer to sign Christian Eriksen, The Athletic understands…” Ornstein reports for The Athletic.

“Brentford have been very interested in extending the midfielder’s stay in west London, but last month Eriksen said he was considering multiple options from numerous different clubs.

“Eriksen, speaking to Viaplay, said: “I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision.

“I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

Eriksen would be an unbelievable signing for West Ham or Brentford with the latter having won seven of the 11 matches in which he featured last season.

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