West Ham United are allegedly keen to sign defensive midfielder Julian Weigl from Benfica in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to a report from Portuguese outlet Record who claim that the Hammers have approached Benfica about bringing the 26-year-old to the London Stadium.

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And West Ham allegedly need to pay around £12.8 million to make that happen (Record).

Hammers boss David Moyes is clearly desperate to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

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Weigl is someone who West Ham have been linked with before (Buli News).

Amadou Onana seems to be Moyes’s number one target but he allegedly has a very decent backup option in mind as well…

West Ham eyeing swoop for Benfica midfielder Julian Weigl

Record claim that the Hammers have made an enquiry for the 6-capped Germany international.

The Portuguese club have told West Ham that they will sell him for just £12.8 million. That’s great value in my book.

Weigl is an incredibly consistent operator and he excels in the deep midfield role. The 26-year-old possesses impressive energy, and can get up and down the pitch for the full 90 minutes.

The former Borussia Dortmund ace bagged two goals and three assists in 29 league games for Benfica last season. During those appearances, Weigl averaged two tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game (Who Scored).

West Ham are keen to sign Benfica midfielder Julian Weigl
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In those 29 outings, the German made 62.9 passes on average per match and recorded a mightily impressive completion rate of 91.4% (Who Scored).

He is an expert passer. Weigl would undoubtedly improve West Ham’s midfield, and for the price of just £12.8 million, signing him would be an absolute no brainer for the East London outfit.

And if West Ham manage to pick up Julian Weigl for just £12.8 million this summer, we think it would be superb business for the club.

The Benfica ace would certainly provide strong competition and cover for Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Flynn Downes.

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