According to a report from the Sunday People (January 26th, page 49), West Ham will have to pay in excess of £20 million if they want to sign Genk midfielder Sander Berge this month.
Signing a powerful and athletic box-to-box type midfielder will surely be Hammers boss David Moyes’s absolute priority this month.
West Ham are incredibly weak in the middle of the park.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble have done a decent job this season, but Moyes has little to call upon in reserve.
And the Sunday people claims that Berge has been identified as a solution to that issue, although he will cost the east London outfit in excess of £20 million if they want to bring him to the London Stadium before the transfer window closes.
Would be a terrific signing
The 21-year-old would be one of the most exciting additions to the West Ham squad in recent times.
He has made 31 appearances for Genk this season, racking up four goals in the process (Transfermarkt).
Berge is more of a defensive midfielder, however, so the following stats from his six Champions League appearances this season might make for interesting reading.
The 20-capped Norway international made an average of 1.5 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.2 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game in those six outings. He also boasted an excellent pass completion rate of 84.4% and won an average of 1.7 aerial duals in those games (Who Scored).
Aside from the stats, Berge would certainly bring a much needed physical presence to the Hammers’ midfield.
The giant Norwegian stands at 6ft 4in tall, and is a really imposing figure. It is quite clear that just over £20 million would be excellent value for someone like the Genk ace in today’s market.
And West Ham need to stop messing around and just pay up for the youngster.