West Ham have made a January transfer window enquiry for Lille centre-back Sven Botman according to a report from 90min.
Hammers boss David Moyes has somewhat of a central defensive crisis on his hands at the moment.
Kurt Zouma is thought to be out for at least 12 weeks whilst Angelo Ogbonna will not play again this season.
West Ham are still flying high in the league table and we are fighting on all fronts with a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham, an FA Cup third round meeting with Leeds and a Europa League last 16 tie all still to come.
In order to maintain our fine start to the season though, bringing a new centre-back to the London Stadium in the January transfer window will be an absolute must. And it seems as though Moyes has his eye on a very ambitious move.
West Ham eyeing January transfer window swoop for Lille centre-back
According to 90min, the Hammers have lodged an enquiry for the 21-year-old defender.
Standing at 6ft 5in tall, the towering Dutchman would fit right in at the London Stadium.
Former West Ham defender Jose Fonte, who has played with both Botman and Virgil van Dijk rates the Lille centre-back as the best central defender he has ever played alongside (Express).
That says all you need to know about the young centre-back’s talent and ability.
West Ham will have to pay a minimum of €50 million (£42 million), however, if we want to sign Botman in January according to a report from L’Equipe (print edition, August 1st, page 37).
In 11 Ligue 1 outings for Lille this season, the Holland under-21 international has averaged one tackle, 0.7 interceptions and 4.6 clearances per game. He has also won an average of 2.3 aerial duels per match during those appearances (Who Scored).
Botman is pretty good with the ball at his feet as well. He’s made an average of 58.1 passes per game and recorded an impressive completion rate of 85.8% (Who Scored).
Botman will undoubtedly go on to bigger and better things as he develops and continues to improve.
£42 million is a serious amount of money to be paying for a 21-year-old though, and it is highly doubtful that the West Ham board would sanction that kind of outlay on one player in January.
However, something that is clear and obvious is Botman’s talent. And if Moyes somehow manages to bring him to the London Stadium, it would be a truly massive statement from the Hammers.