West Ham and Spurs have been the subject of major transfer triangle irony as Fabrizio Romano confirms move.

Tottenham Hotspur fans were feeling very pleased with themselves back in October 2020 when Wales defender Joe Rodon chose to join them over bitter rivals West Ham.

Hammers boss David Moyes wanted to bring the 28-capped Wales international to the London Stadium (Jacob Steinberg and The Daily Mail).

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But he ended up joining Tottenham in an £11 million deal instead (BBC Sport).

At the time it was a blow for Moyes and West Ham who were desperately seeking defensive reinforcements.

It forced the Hammers to make a move for Craig Dawson from relegated Watford. At the time that did not go down well with West Ham fans. But how wrong those doubters were with Dawson proving to be one of the best value signings in the club’s modern history.

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Rodon meanwhile has completely flopped at Spurs, making just 24 appearances in two seasons. And only 15 of those have come in the Premier League.

Now it seems West Ham and Spurs find themselves in a major transfer triangle irony as Fabrizio Romano confirms an imminent move.

West Ham signed Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd from Rennes earlier this summer for £30m.

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West Ham and Spurs in major transfer triangle irony as Fabrizio Romano confirms move

And now Spurs flop Rodon is being shipped to the Ligue 1 side as the new West Ham man’s replacement.

Transfer reporter Romano, Le Parisien and Get French Football News are all reporting that Rodon will join Rennes on a season-long loan with a £16.75m option to buy as Aguerd’s replacement.

Quite how Spurs have come up with that valuation given Rodon’s lack of impact is anyone’s guess.

But the irony will not be lost on fans after his West Ham snub.

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Antonio Conte was not Tottenham manager when Rodon was signed of course. And he has brought in a completely different calibre of player since.

So too has Moyes with the long-term plan for left-footed Aguerd to partner Kurt Zouma at the heart of West Ham’s defence when he returns from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season.

Rodon made the wrong choice joining Spurs over West Ham at a stage of his career when he needed to be playing games.

And that will hit home as he completes his ironic move to a middling Ligue 1 side as the replacement for the man who has joined West Ham.


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