West Ham are allegedly eyeing up a move to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou this month.
Hammers boss David Moyes is on the hunt for a left-footed centre-back and ideally someone who can operate as a left-back as well.
Angelo Ogbonna is out injured for the season whilst Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell have been out since early December and late November respectively.
In an ideal world, West Ham will sign a top-class centre-back and an elite left-back before the January transfer window slams shut. And it seems as though Moyes has a plan to kill two birds with one stone.
West Ham eyeing move for Dan-Axel Zagadou
The 22-year-old defender began his career in France with US Creteil before joining Paris Saint-Germain.
He then left the French giants to link up with Dortmund in 2017 and he has made quite the splash at Signal Iduna Park.
The Frenchman has only made five Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund this 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 Dortmund ace is very good with the ball at his feet as well. In five league appearances this season he has made an average of 43.6 passes per game and has registered an incredibly impressive 91.7% completion rate (Who Scored).
There is one huge red flag for West Ham to take note of though…the 22-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.
The good news is that the centre-back is out of contract with Dortmund in the summer so he could be available for a bargain fee this month.
Zagadou can play at left-back as well as centre-back so could end up being a really shrewd signing for the East London outfit. He has all of the attributes needed to go on and become a truly elite defender at the very highest level.
Whether West Ham are prepared to risk signing him considering his chequered past with injuries, however, remains to be seen.