West Ham boss David Moyes could have the last laugh over Man United in Dutch left-back chase after developments yesterday.
It is well known that West Ham are on the hunt for a new left-back and it seems so too are Moyes’ old club Manchester United.
Moyes’ latest attempts to sign one looked to have been thwarted by Premier League rivals Man United.
According to leading transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano West Ham tried to sign rapid Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.
“Agreement between Man United and Feyenoord for Tyrell Malacia, now waiting for player decision,” Romano said on Twitter.
“€15m (£13m) plus €2m (£1.75m) add ons fee.
“Same agents of Frenkie de Jong, deal with Barça progressing well.
“West Ham tried to hijack deal too.”
Hammers boss Moyes and head of recruitment Rob Newman have been scouting the player for some time.
And West Ham had to expedite their interest in Malacia when it emerged Man United were closing in on a move.
Feyenoord have accepted a £13m bid with £1.7m in add-ons according to Sky Sports.
And all that is left is for Malacia to decide.
Feyenoord director Frank Arnesen confirmed Man United to look have beaten West Ham to the signing of the 22-year-old, telling 1908NL: “The agreement with Man United is there. We are now waiting for Tyrell.
“If Malacia says yes, then a transfer to Manchester United is imminent.”
It seems West Ham will have had to admit defeat with Malacia on course to become one of the first signings of new Man United manager Erik ten Hag.
But West Ham boss Moyes could have the last laugh over Man United in the Dutch left-back chase.
No sooner had reports emerged that Malacia was set for Man United than West Ham were being linked with Owen Wijndal.
The Athletic claim that the Dutch left-back is a key transfer target for Moyes and may have been the priority all along.
The Scot has clearly had Newman and his scouts identifying the best players in that position over in Holland.
And Moyes could now have the last laugh over the Red Devils because Wijndal is arguably the better player.
Both Malacia and Wijndal are 22-years-old – and the new West Ham target is actually a few months younger.
Wijndal is bigger than the diminutive Malacia and already has 11 caps for Holland compared to the latter’s five.
Statistically the two players are remarkably well matched. Malacia is quicker than Wijndal – but the Hammers target is no slouch as the imminent Man United signing is faster than most.
Wijndal is regarded as the more composed of the two on the ball and when it comes to defending.
Malacia gives away more free-kicks than the man Moyes wants too.
Football Oranje claims that Wijndal is available for just €10 million (£8.6 million) this summer, nearly £5m less than ten Hag is paying for his fellow Dutchman.
Wijndal possesses all the attributes needed to succeed as a full-back in the Premier League; bags of pace, power, and tenacity. And he plays in a high-octane style.
The Holland international is a truly elite left-back in the making. In fact, he’s already one of the best on the continent.
It goes without saying that he would be a huge upgrade on the ageing Aaron Cresswell.
But he could also give Moyes the last laugh on Man United in this double Dutch transfer chase.