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Report: West Ham send scouts to watch Lille ace Zeki Celik in action, summer swoop touted
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Report: West Ham send scouts to watch Lille ace Zeki Celik in action, summer swoop touted

According to a report from Turkish-Football, West Ham are interested in signing Zeki Celik in the summer, and have sent scouts to watch the Lille right-back in action recently.

Right-back is clearly an area where the Hammers need to improve in the summer.

Pablo Zabaleta is set to leave the London Stadium at the end of the season, whilst the jury is still out on Ryan Fredericks.

The 27-year-old former Fulham man has struggled to establish himself at West Ham, since joining the east London outfit in the summer of 2018.

And Turkish-Football claims that the Hammers have identified Zeki Celik as a potential solution to that issue.

Zeki Celik (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Good signing for West Ham?

The 22-year-old has attacking prowess – something that is so important for modern day full-backs. Anyone who watched Lille last season would have seen how well he linked up with Nicolas Pepe down the right-hand flank.

In the 2018/19 campaign, Celik racked up five assists in 34 games for Lille (Who Scored). A very impressive return, especially considering the fact that Fredericks and Zabaleta have just two assists between them all season.

Zeki Celik (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The 14-capped Turkey international is also a very strong defender. In 19 Ligue 1 outings this season, the 22-year-old has averaged 2.4 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game. He clearly likes to get forward too, with an average of 1.5 dribbles per game during those outings (Who Scored).

Celik would undoubtedly add some strong competition to West Ham’s right-back department.

According to French publication Mercato365, Lille value the Turkish ace at around €20 million (£17 million). And in this current climate, that would represent decent value for money for the Hammers.

Much will depend on whether West Ham manage to avoid relegation or not this season. If they do stay up, they should have no problem attracting someone like Celik.

And the Turk would surely turn out to be a very good addition for the Hammers.