West Ham allegedly could sign Dan-Axel Zagadou from Borussia Dortmund for absolutely nothing in the summer.
That’s according to a report from Sport1 who claims that Dortmund have decided to end contract talks with the 22-year-old centre-back.
Zagadou’s current deal at Signal Iduna Park expires in just three months time. So if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new contract, he will be able to leave Borussia Dortmund as a free agent.
That could end up being very good news for West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to sign a top-class central defend this summer. Angelo Ogbonna is still out injured and will be 34 before the start of next season.
Meanwhile, Craig Dawson is nearly 32 and Issa Diop just isn’t good enough to be playing regular Premier League football.
And it seems as though there could be a very cost effective option available for West Ham in the summer…
West Ham could sign Dan-Axel Zagadou for absolutely nothing
Sport1 claims that the giant 22-year-old centre-back will not be signing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund before the end of the season and as a result, he’ll be available on a free transfer in the summer.
L’Equipe claimed back in January that West Ham boss David Moyes wanted to bring the 6ft 6in defender to the London Stadium.
And now we have a great chance to do just that. What a signing Zagadou would be for us, especially on a free transfer.
The Frenchman has only made nine Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season but don’t let that fool you, he really is an exceptional defender.
BVB’s official website describe the centre-back as an ‘incredible’ player.
Standing at 6ft 6in tall, Zagadou is strong in the air but he is also quick along the ground.
The Dortmund ace is very good with the ball at his feet as well. In nine league appearances this season he has made an average of 49.6 passes per game and has registered an incredibly impressive 89% completion rate (Who Scored).
There is one huge red flag for West Ham to take note of though…the 22-year-old’s horrendous record with injuries.
Since 2018, Zagadou has missed 563 days of action through injury (Transfermarkt). Most of his problems have been with his knee and he recently underwent surgery to fix that particular issue.
His availability on a free transfer means that he will be a low-risk signing for West Ham though, in spite of his recent injury problems…
Zagadou can play at left-back as well as centre-back so could end up being a really shrewd signing for the East London outfit. He has all of the attributes needed to go on and become a truly elite defender at the very highest level.
We’d be delighted if Moyes brings the 22-year-old to West Ham in the summer.