West Ham January transfer news: David Moyes could make a move to sign Aleksandr Golovin from Monaco this month according to a report from RB Sport.
The 25-year-old is an attacking midfielder by trade and he is at his most comfortable when operating in the number 10 role.
The 45-capped Russia international moved to Monaco for big money, around £27 million (Daily Mail) from CSKA Moscow back in the summer of 2018.
Golvon hasn’t quite hit the heights that were expected of him in the French principality, however. He has just 16 goals and 22 assists in 114 games for Monaco to his name thus far (Transfermarkt).
The 25-year-old is an incredibly exciting talent and is a real game-changer on his day though. And it is clear that Monaco rate Golovin very highly indeed.
The Ligue 1 outfit are demanding £39 million for the Russia international according to a report from The Athletic. That’s a serious amount of cash for someone who has chalked up just 38 goal involvements in 114 games.
And besides, West Ham boss David Moyes has far more pressing priorities than adding another attacking midfielder to his ranks at the London Stadium.
West Ham January transfer news
With RB Sport reporting that the Hammers want to sign Aleksandr Golovin, the question has to be asked – why are we not targeting a striker and centre-back instead?
Perhaps we are and maybe the report has no actual truth behind it.
Are West Ham just being name-checked and pushed forward by agents to increase their client’s value? We think there’s a good chance that that is indeed the case.
This January transfer window is a vitally important one for Moyes and the Hammers.
We won’t have many better chances to crack the top four than we do right now.
West Ham are currently sitting in fifth spot in the Premier League table, only one point adrift of fourth placed Arsenal and one point ahead of sixth placed Tottenham.
And with the two north London sides coming head to head this weekend, wins against Norwich and Leeds on Wednesday and Sunday for Moyes’s men would put us in a really strong position with just 16 games remaining this season.
In order to make the final push for the Champions League spots though, Moyes absolutely must sign two top-class players at the very least – an established, prolific striker and a top quality central defender.
The addition of a number 10 should be well down Moyes’s wish-list and should be nothing more than a luxury if we have cash left over this month.
Surely the West Ham boss is well aware of that.
And for that reason, we just can’t see the links with Golovin holding any kind of weight whatsoever.