According to a report from the Mirror (August 11th, page 49), West Ham are only prepared to pay £10 million for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash. The east Midlands outfit are holding out for £15 million for the 23-year-old, however. So David Moyes could miss out on one of his key targets for just £5 million.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bring a new right-back to the London Stadium this summer.
Ryan Fredericks has been really poor since joining West Ham on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.
Ben Johnson has been excellent when he has played, but it would be unfair on the youngster to put too much pressure on him too quickly.
And Cash would be the ideal addition for the east London outfit. But according to the Mirror, Forest will have to lower their valuation of the 23-year-old defender if West Ham are to have any chance of prising him away from the City Ground this summer.
Cash racked up three goals and five assists in 42 Championship games for Sabri Lamouchi’s men last season (Who Scored).
In those outings, the 23-year-old averaged 2.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, three clearances and 0.8 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
He was arguably the best right-back in the division last season. And £15 million for Cash seems like excellent value considering his quality and age.
West Ham should at least meet Forest halfway and offer somewhere in the region of £12.5 million.
Knowing our owners, however, we will all be expecting to miss out on the supremely talented Cash this summer.
Who knows though? If Moyes can shift some of the deadwood quickly, then West Ham might just be in a position to make an improved bid for the 23-year-old Forest ace.