West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to battle it out for Queens Park Rangers sensation Eberechi Eze in the next window.
West Ham have been linked with several Championship stars including Eze (Football Insider).
It comes after David Moyes said he will look to the Championship to build a new look West Ham side around young, hungry, energetic players (whufc.com).
But the Hammers won’t have a clear path to signing QPR hero Eze this summer. Bitter rivals Tottenham are said to be rivalling West Ham in the race for the pacy attacker’s signature (The Sun).
West Ham and Tottenham to do battle over Eze
As QPR’s Director of Football, former West Ham and Tottenham forward Les Ferdinand is well placed to assess Eze’s qualities.
And he recently raved about the 21-year-old when speaking on the The Beautiful Game Podcast, describing the midfielder as one of the best players he has ever seen.
There has been claim and counter claim over who was winning the race to sign Eze between West Ham and Spurs.
It is easy to see why both clubs are interested. Eze has been on fire for the west London outfit this season.
The Tottenham and Hammers target racked up 12 goals and eight assists in 37 Championship outings for QPR before football was shut down (Transfermarkt).
In those outings, Eze has averaged 2.4 shots, 1.9 key passes and three dribbles per game and has averaged 36.3 passes per game, with a very impressive completion rate of 86.4% (Who Scored).
It hasn’t always been this way for Eze, though. He was released by Arsenal, Fulham, Reading and Millwall’s academies before flourishing at QPR.
Star admits links to Hammers and Spurs are distracting and wants Prem move
Now for the first time the ace admits he has been flattered and distracted by the speculation linking him with West Ham and Tottenham.
Speaking to Sky Sports Eze was candid about his future saying he ‘wants to play at the highest level’.
“I think last season was such a big learning point for me because I’ve learned to deal with stuff (transfer speculation) like this,” Eze told Sky Sports during lockdown.
“Because it was my first season, I didn’t exactly know how to handle it.
“I’d be looking into stuff and I could feel it affecting my game. And I wasn’t maybe as focused as I should’ve been.
“This season, of course, I’m seeing the stuff that is in front of me (links to West Ham and Spurs). But I’m not allowing it to affect what I’m doing.
‘Everything will fall into place’
“The most important thing is what I’m doing on the pitch. And as long as I continue to focus on that, everything else will fall into place.
“I want to play at the highest level.”
Tottenham would present a big threat to West Ham’s chances of landing Eze.
Spurs would have more allure with their new stadium and the chance to work with manager Jose Mourinho. Tottenham are also regulars in Europe in recent years.
But West Ham would have the upper hand over Tottenham when it comes to offering Eze game time.
Particularly if the Hammers make good on speculation suggesting they will sell a host of players including Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini (Claret and Hugh).