West Ham United are reportedly on the verge of completing their second signing of the January transfer window.
According to RMC Sport West Ham have made a ‘handsome’ offer to take over the remainder of Galatasaray’s loan deal for Steven N’Zonzi from Roma.
West Ham have been linked with N’Zonzi for years, right back to the Sam Allardyce days (The Mirror, 2012).
The Daily Mail have also claimed N’Zonzi’s agent was in London overnight to hammer out a deal.
Wrong side of 30 and career on the wane? Welcome to West Ham
But as seems so typical of West Ham, it is only now – with the player the wrong side of 30 and his career on the wane – that the Hammers are about to sign him.
West Ham do need bodies.
But is a 31-year-old who has flopped in the Turkish league really the game-changing signing to help lift the club out of the relegation mire?
Best Hammers can hope for?
N’Zonzi was once a fine player.
And a member of France’s World Cup winning squad no less.
Indeed some might argue he is the best West Ham can realistically hope for given they are staring into the relegation abyss.
The Hammers need more dynamism, pace, strength and more guile up front.
N’Zonzi offers none of that.
Can N’Zonzi really make the difference?
He is a vast improvement on Carlos Sanchez. But quite how David Moyes will setup now is anyone’s guess.
West Ham fans will just hope N’Zonzi can have the kind of impact Alex Song did when he joined the club on loan back in 2014.
The situation is clear, West Ham need to win at least five – if not six – games to stay up.