West Ham United’s defender transfer plan B has been tipped to be the future France captain as Tanguy Nianzou claim is made.
West Ham had just one centre-back in their entire squad for the opening day defeat to Man City.
So it should come as no surprise that the Hammers are being linked with a host of defenders ahead of this weekend’s clash at Nottingham Forest.
Especially after David Moyes – who has the final say on all transfers – sanctioned the sale of Issa Diop to Fulham.
West Ham are said to be interested in Hungarian Attilia Szalai, Eric Bailly and PSG’s German international Thilo Kehrer.
Sky Sports has claimed West Ham have made an offer to sign German defender Kehrer – believed to be around £17m.
The Kehrer report claims West Ham are awaiting a response from Ligue 1 champions PSG ‘and have other options to pursue if an agreement cannot be reached’.
West Ham defender transfer plan B has been tipped to be future France captain as Tanguy Nianzou claim made
Now one of those alternatives has been named in a new report from 90min and he is a serious prospect.
The alleged West Ham defender transfer plan B has been tipped to be the future France captain as a big Nianzou claim is made.
90min claims Bayern Munich defender and France Under 20s captain Nianzou is very much West Ham’s next port of call should a move for Kehrer fail.
“Another name under consideration at West Ham is Bayern Munich’s 20-year-old centre-back Tanguy Nianzou,” 90min reports.
“The Frenchman, who joined Bayern from PSG two years ago, has two years remaining on his contract in Munich but faces stiff competition for a first team place from the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez.
“Benjamin Pavard, who shot to fame as a right-back for France at the 2018 World Cup, is also comfortable playing in that position.
“Nianzou has played just 23 times in the Bundesliga since joining Bayern, having spent time on the treatment table, and could be a player West Ham move for if they’re unable to land Kehrer from PSG.”
And some player he is too.
Moyes wants more leaders at West Ham, especially having lost Mark Noble.
Well Nianzou has been described as a “born leader” and been tipped as a future France captain.
The Bundesliga official website states that ‘the sky is the limit’ for the alleged West Ham target.
And he is also described as ‘the next gem in the heart of Bayern Munich’s defence’.
“It didn’t take him long to climb the ladder (at PSG): by 2018/19, he was a key member of Thiago Motta’s U19 team and was named captain by the former PSG and Italy midfielder on more than one occasion, despite being two years younger than his teammates,” the Bundesliga site reports.
“Voted the PSG youth academy’s Player of the Year in 2019, he also helped the France U17s finish third at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil, playing every minute of the tournament and scoring in the quarter-final win over Spain.”
At 17 years and 184 days, he had become the youngest-ever PSG player to make a Champions League appearance. In total, Nianzou made 13 senior appearances for PSG before joining Bayern for the 2020/21 campaign.
His former coach at Fontainebleau, Kevin Menier, described Nianzou and his aerial prowess – both defensively and offensively – as “absolutely incredible”.
The same man has lauded the 20-year-old’s maturity too, tipping him to be an influential player at the top level and even one day the captain of France.
“He was the only player born in 2002 on my team,” Menier said.
“He was already as good, if not better than the players born a year earlier that I had. Beyond his technical and athletic quality both being above average, he had a big maturity (as captain) and was predestined to evolve at the highest level.”
The reported West Ham target certainly fits the Red Bull model Moyes has been so keen to emulate in east London.
Nianzou is of Ivorian descent so Moyes may look to use the influence of former France youth star turned Ivory Coast international Maxwel Cornet, who became West Ham’s fifth summer signing in a £17.5m deal at the weekend.
After such an impressive billing it makes you wonder whether the Bayern youngster should be West Ham’s plan A instead.