West Ham are eyeing a shock move to sign Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard in January according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (print edition December 5th, page 70).

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The Belgium international has endured a disastrous spell with Real Madrid since leaving Chelsea for the Bernabeu for around £89 million in the summer of 2019 (BBC).

Hazard was one of the best players in world football when he was at Chelsea.

Real Madrid v Rayo Vallecano - La Liga Santander
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The 30-year-old bagged 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 games for the Blues (Transfermarkt).


Hazard has really struggled in the Spanish capital, however. He has made just 54 appearances for Real Madrid in two-and-a-half years and has bagged only five goals and nine assists (Transfermarkt).

It seems as though the former Chelsea man could be offered an escape route from his Madrid nightmare though.

West Ham chasing Eden Hazard

That’s according to a report from the Sunday Mirror.

The rumour is obviously an exciting one to hear for the Hammers fans. But be warned.

Hazard has been extremely poor for Madrid.

The Belgian’s general fitness has been called into question on more than one occasion.

The last thing we need at the London Stadium is an ageing mercenary who has no interest in producing his best on the football pitch anymore.

Real Madrid CF v Rayo Vallecano - La Liga Santander
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On the flip-side though, David Moyes has worked wonders with under-performing stars in the past. You need look no further than what he did with Marko Arnautovic.

The Scot always seems to extract the absolute best from nearly every single player he works with.

Hazard was an explosive winger in his day. Incredibly quick, strong in possession and arguably one of the world’s greatest dribblers. He is the kind of player who would get the London Stadium crowd on their feet.

The Sunday Mirror claims that West Ham would have to pay just £21 million in order to sign him in January.

Hazard could end up being a brilliant signing for that kind of money.

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Whether Moyes should be prioritising strengthening his squad in other areas, however, is another matter entirely.

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