West Ham United are allegedly in pole position to sign Dan-Axel Zagadou and have offered the free agent a four-year contract.
That’s according to a report from RMC journalist Fabrice Hawkins who claims that the Hammers face competition from Lyon for the 23-year-old centre-back.
David Moyes strengthened his centre-back ranks at the London Stadium in the summer window with the signings of Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer.
The problem for Moyes is that Aguerd has been out injured since pre-season and with Angelo Ogbonna on the wrong side of 34, the addition of another central defender certainly would not go a miss.
The transfer window is obviously now closed, but that doesn’t mean that the West Ham manager can’t strengthen his options.
It seems as though the Scot is about to mount somewhat of a surprise assault on the free agent market…
West Ham offer contract to Dan-Axel Zagadou
RMC journalist Fabrice Hawkins reckons that the Hammers are closing in on the signing of the 23-year-old free agent:
We think that Zagadou will be a really exciting addition for West Ham, especially due to the fact that he will not cost us a penny in transfer fees.
He only made 15 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund last 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 ex-Dortmund ace is very good with the ball at his feet as well. In 15 league appearances last season he made an average of 60.2 passes per game and registered an incredibly impressive 88.2% completion rate (Who Scored).
He’s left footed as well – a crucial attribute for any defender David Moyes signs because it means that he can play at left-back if need be as well.
There is one huge red flag for West Ham to take note of though…the 23-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 the Hammers though, in spite of his recent injury problems.
And West Ham signing Dan-Axel Zagadou for absolutely nothing seems like a total no-brainer in my book.