Signing Sven Botman from Lille is the number one priority for West Ham United manager David Moyes this summer.
That’s according to a report from The Evening Standard who claim that Moyes views his centre-back department as the area most in need of strengthening ahead of the summer transfer window.
Kurt Zouma could be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury according to The Evening Standard.
That news could not have come at a worse time with Angelo Ogbonna having been out since November with an ACL injury.
West Ham will now have to rely on Craig Dawson and Issa Diop between now and the end of the season.
There’s nothing that we can do about that now but Moyes can certainly address our central defensive deficiencies in the summer transfer window…
Sven Botman a priority for West Ham this summer
The 22-year-old is the Hammers’ main transfer target this summer according to a report from The Evening Standard.
And we think that Botman would be a truly sensational addition for West Ham United.
The Lille ace will cost around £43 million if the Hammers are to bring him to the London Stadium according to a report from L’Equipe (print edition, August 1st, page 37).
Botman would be worth that kind of fee, however. He really is a truly top-class central defender.
The 22-year-old was recently described as an ‘incredible’ centre-back by The Athletic.
In 21 Ligue 1 outings for Lille this season, the Holland under-21 international has averaged one tackle, one interception and 4.5 clearances per game. He also won an average of 2.1 aerial duels per match during those appearances (Who Scored).
The Lille ace is very good with the ball at his feet. In 21 league outings this season, he has made 60.7 passes on average and has recorded a mightily impressive 88.2% completion rate (Who Scored).
Botman stands at 6ft 5in tall and cuts a really imposing figure. And crucially, he is also left-footed.
£43 million may sound like a lot of money for someone who is unproven in the Premier League. However, Botman is the real deal and would be worth every penny.
If West Ham have genuine ambitions to challenge for the top four over the next few years then the owners need to start proving it with actions.
And West Ham signing Botman in the summer would certainly be evidence of that.