West Ham United will allegedly have to pay €20 million (£17 million) if we want to sign Atalanta ace Joakim Maehle this summer.
That’s according to a report from Tutto Atalanta who claim that the 25-year-old right-back is firmly on the Hammers’ radar.
Daily Star football journalist Paul Brown told Give Me Sport last week that David Moyes is keen to bring Maehle to the London Stadium before the start of the new season.
At first glance, it seems as though West Ham manager David Moyes is well-covered in the right-back department at the London Stadium.
The Hammers boss has Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson and even young Harrison Ashby to call upon.
Look closer though and it could be argued that Moyes does need to strengthen his right-back ranks before the start of next season.
Coufal will be 30 in August whilst Johnson seems to be better when playing at left-back or centre-back. Meanwhile, Ashby, talented as he undoubtedly is, is totally unproven at the very highest level.
And it seems as though Moyes will have to be prepared to spend a fairly large chunk of his transfer budget if he really wants to bring in Maehle to bolster his right-back options this summer…
West Ham told fee needed to sign Joakim Maehle
Tutto Atalanta claim that the Hammers will have to pay around £17 million in order to sign the 29-capped Denmark international this summer.
Considering the fact that strengthening the right-back department will not be a priority for Moyes this summer, we just can’t see West Ham paying anything like that for Maehle.
That’s not to say that he isn’t a good player. He certainly would provide solid competition and cover for Vladimir Coufal.
The 25-year-old is quick, powerful and built perfectly for the robust nature of Premier League football.
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel recently described his international teammate as a ‘machine’ (Goal).
Right player, wrong time
As mentioned earlier, Moyes has far more pressing priorities at hand than signing another right-back this summer.
Getting a new striker, left-back and central midfielder through the door will be right at the top of Moyes’s agenda over the next month or so.
Perhaps Maehle would be a good addition for West Ham but it might be one that has to wait until next summer in my opinion.