Sky Sports are reporting that West Ham have launched a move for £16.7m star his manager thought was joining Chelsea.
West Ham boss David Moyes has insisted the imminent return of Kurt Zouma does not change his plans to sign a centre-back this month.
The Scot pointed to Angelo Ogbonna’s season-long absence with an ACL injury as reason to bring a new – ideally left-footed – central defender to the London Stadium.
A plethora of defenders have already been linked with West Ham from Nathan Ake, James Tarkowski and Nat Phillips to Lloyd Kelly, Benoit Badiashile and Kortney Hause to name but a few.
Now Sky Sports claim West Ham have reignited interest in Hungary and Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai.
West Ham have been linked with Szalai in the past.
Report: West Ham move for £16.7m star manager thought was joining Chelsea
Moyes was linked with the 6ft 4in 23-year-old last summer – just six months after he had joined Fenerbahce (NTV Spor).
And now a new report from Sky Sports states both West Ham and Newcastle are keen on Szalai in the January transfer window.
Landing Szalai would be quite a coup for West Ham. He is one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe and has shone for Hungary on the international stage.
Indeed just Last month, Hungary manager Marco Rossi said he believed Szalai, who already has 23 caps for his country, was joining Chelsea.
West Ham’s London rivals Chelsea are facing the prospect of losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
And Chelsea veteran defender Thiago Silva turns 38 later this year.
But he is not on his way to Chelsea if Sky Sports’s sources are accurate.
Because they claim West Ham and Newcastle are in fact doing battle to land a player said to be valued at just £16.7m.
“West Ham and Newcastle are showing interest in Fenerbahce’s Hungary defender Attila Szalai,” Sky Sports reports.
“Sky Sports News has been told the 23-year-old, who played in every minute of his country’s Euro 2020 campaign, is also attracting attention from AC Milan.
“All three clubs are in the market for a central defender. It is thought Szalai would cost in the region of £16.7m (€20m). His contract at Fenerbahce runs until 2025.”