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West Ham make official £21.25 million bid to sign Aaron Hickey

West Ham United have reportedly made an official bid to sign talented Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey in the summer.

That’s according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport who claim that the Hammers are battling Arsenal to sign the 19-year-old defender this summer.

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Left-back is clearly an area at the London Stadium where West Ham manager David Moyes needs to strengthen before the start of next season.

Aaron Cresswell has been a fine servant for the Hammers over the past eight years but there are definitely signs that he is regressing physically. Two red cards in the quarter and semi-finals of the Europa League highlight how the 32-year-old just isn’t up to pace any more.

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And it seems as though Moyes has a plan up his sleeve to improve his left-back ranks…

West Ham make Aaron Hickey bid

Gazzetta dello Sport reckon that both West Ham and Arsenal have lodged €25 million (£21.25 million) bids for the Scottish youngster.

The teenager joined Bologna from Hearts in September 2020 for just £1.5 million (BBC).

He has been a huge hit in Italy, bagging five goals in 48 games (Transfermarkt).

All of those goals have come in 36 appearances this season. The 19-year-old has averaged 1.3 tackles and one interception per game this season. He’s made 27.4 passes per match on average and has recorded an impressive completion rate of 83% (Who Scored).

Hickey has absolutely everything needed to succeed in the Premier League. He’s fast, energetic, dynamic, is a very solid defender and possesses an exceptional delivery.

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The young Scot was recently described as the new Gareth Bale (Daily Record) and he possesses similar attributes to Liverpool ace Andy Robertson and Arsenal star Kieran Tierney. He has also been described as an incredible player by BT Sport.

If Hickey continues to work hard and applies himself properly both on and off the pitch, he could become a truly top-class Premier League player.

Let’s hope that the West Ham bid for Hickey materialises into Moyes actually bringing him to the London Stadium this summer.

He would be a huge upgrade on Cresswell, that’s for sure.

£21.25 million for Hickey would be superb business. Whether we are able to beat Arsenal to his signature remains to be seen though.

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