Reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed on Twitter yesterday that West Ham are keen to sign Genk right-back Joakim Maehle, even suggesting that a bid has been lodged for the Dane, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.

The east London outfit really need a new right-back before Friday’s transfer deadline.

Pablo Zabaleta is well past his best, and is leaving in the summer anyway.

Ryan Fredericks, meanwhile, has really disappointed since joining from Fulham in the summer of 2018. The 27-year-old is also currently out injured.

And Maehle would surely be an upgrade on both of those players.

The 22-year-old has racked up four assists in 20 league appearances for Genk this season (Transfermarkt).

Compare those numbers to those of Fredericks and Zabaleta who have just two assists in combined in 27 outings for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

SSC Napoli v KRC Genk - UEFA Champions League

Joakim Maehle ( Photo by Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images)

The Genk ace is also a very solid defender, if his Champions League statistics this season are anything to go by.

In six outings for the Belgian side, Maehle has averaged 3.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.7 clearances and 0.7 blocks per match (Who Scored).

He is described as a ‘speedster’ with a real engine by Red Bull in their list of the 10 best young right-backs for FIFA 20.

 

And some West Ham fans took to Twitter in reaction to the claims that the 22-year-old Dane is a target for the Hammers…

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