West Ham United allegedly want to sign Bologna centre-back Arthur Theate in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport (print edition May 27th) who claim that the Hammers are ‘paying attention’ to the 22-year-old Belgian.
Signing a left-footed centre-back will be a priority for West Ham manager David Moyes before the start of next season.
Angelo Ogbonna has been out since November with an ACL injury. Meanwhile, Craig Dawson is now 32 and the jury is still very much out on Issa Diop.
The name doing the rounds at the moment is Nayef Aguerd and the Rennes ace is closing in on a move to West Ham by all accounts (The Daily Mail).
However, it seems as though Moyes is looking to bolster his centre-back ranks even further still…
West Ham eyeing Arthur Theate swoop
The 22-year-old Bologna ace is firmly on the Hammers’ radar according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport (print edition May 27th).
It is suggested that West Ham could pick Theate up for as little as €10 million (£8.4 million) this summer.
That seems like decent value to us and the Hammers should definitely pursue a deal to sign the two-capped Belgium international.
In 31 Serie A games for Bologna this seasons, the 22-year-old bagged two goals and one assist. During those appearances, Theate has averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and two clearances per match (Who Scored).
The defender made 46.6 passes per match and recorded a completion rate of 83.7% (Who Scored).
He is left-footed and can also operate at left-back. So it’s clear to see why Moyes would want to sign him.
The Belgian stands at 6ft 1in tall, is good with the ball at his feet and is quick along the ground.
West Ham signing Arthur Theate for £8.4 million seems like an absolute no brainer. Let’s just hope that he manages to get it done and dusted, as well as the Aguerd deal.