West Ham are willing to play up to €35 million (£30 million) for the signing of Juventus ace Weston McKennie according to a report from Calciomercato.it.
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Hammers boss David Moyes was linked with a move to bring the 23-year-old Juve midfielder to the London Stadium in the summer (Calcio Mercato).
West Ham have also been linked with a move to sign the America international over the past month or so (The Sun).
Central midfield is an area where West Ham seem to be fairly well covered at the moment…on the face of it at least.
Look at little closer and its easy to see why David Moyes may want to bring another strong, combative central midfielder to West Ham.
Mark Noble’s best days are well behind him whilst the jury is still out on Alex Kral.
And it seems as though Moyes has a plan up his sleeve to strengthen his engine room in January.
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We think that the 23-year-old would be a fabulous addition to Moyes’s ranks.
McKennie was described as a ‘brilliantly bright’ midfielder by Bundesliga’s official website last year.
The American is an incredibly industrious, hard-working and energetic central midfielder.
The former Schalke man enjoyed a fine campaign with Juve last term, bagging five goals and two assists in 34 Serie A matches (Who Scored).
During those outings, The United States international averaged one tackle and 0.8 interceptions per game.
The American made 22.2 passes on average and recorded a completion rate of 85.4%.
Signing him for £30 million or perhaps even less would be great business for the Hammers.
That would make him our third most expensive signing of all time behind Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson. We think McKennie is more than worth that kind of money though.
Whether the West Ham owners share that viewpoint, however, remains to be seen.