West Ham United have been linked with a move for soon to be free agent Ryan Fraser but so have rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
David Moyes’s fellow Scot Fraser is said to be one of West Ham’s prime summer targets. But Tottenham are said to be hot on the trail too.
The Mirror reported earlier this year that West Ham and Tottenham were battling to sign Fraser in the summer.
The super quick playmaker being available on a free transfer will be a very attractive proposition for West Ham and Spurs, given the impact of the global health crisis on finances.
Fraser will not be signing a new deal with Bournemouth and has refused to extend his contract until the new end of the season (BBC Sport).
West Ham and Tottenham in transfer battle for free agent Fraser
Cherries boss Eddie Howe has confirmed Fraser will leave the club next week (BBC Sport).
That means West Ham and Tottenham will have the chance to speak to Fraser about a summer move. Of course for West Ham a lot will hinge on whether Moyes can keep West Ham up.
Tottenham do not have such concerns. But Spurs and West Ham are not alone in their interest in Fraser. The likes of Arsenal are also said to be in for him.
Comments from pundit Paul Merson over the weekend will give West Ham great hope of landing Fraser over the likes of Tottenham.
Merson wrote in his column for The Daily Star that Fraser will struggle to get a move to one of the Premier League’s elite or even a side like Everton.
Merson comments give West Ham hope over Spurs
West Ham will be desperate for a new winger in the summer after another abject performance from Felipe Anderson.
And Merson says Tottenham are already well stocked in that department.
“Ryan Fraser might have missed the boat on getting a big move to a big club,” Merson said in The Daily Star.
“Plenty of big teams wanted him last summer when he was playing well and tearing up the league, including Arsenal. But I don’t think he’s playing well enough now to justify a big move. I don’t think clubs will queing up to give him £100,000-a-week either.
“Everyone’s looking for free transfers and loans because their finances are taking a hit but if you want that kind of money you’ve got to be a bit special.
“Tottenham are well stocked for wingers. So are Arsenal. Liverpool and Manchester City aren’t going to take him. Chelsea? I can’t see it.
“And if you look a little below, who’s left? Everton? They have a few players who can play on the left and if it’s between him and Theo Walcott on the right I know who I’d want in my team and it isn’t Ryan Fraser.
“He feels like a player who doesn’t fit in a lot of teams because he’s an old-school winger and not many clubs play with one of those any more.”
Merson makes a good point about Tottenham already having a surplus of talent in that position.
If Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen anywhere this summer it will more than likely be at the back.
Playmaker Fraser second only to KDB
Moyes is keen to add young, hungry, quick and energetic players to his squad (whufc.com).
And his fellow Scot ticks all of those boxes.
West Ham fans will appreciate Fraser’s talent having seen him play against their side over the last few years.
Merson is perhaps being a touch harsh on Fraser. Because a recent statistic revealed just how good the 26-year-old has been.
According to Whoscored.com only Manchester City’s world class midfield superstar Kevin de Bruyne has created more clear cut chances since the start of LAST season (2018/19).
Fraser has created 33 clear cut chances between August 2018 and now.
And KDB only has one more than him with 34.