West Ham have been linked with numerous midfielders since the transfer window opened. And the latest target is Joan Jordan of SD Eibar.
According to Marca, Sevilla and West Ham are leading the chase for Jordan. Arsenal, Villarreal and Valencia are also mentioned, alongside ‘several other English sides’.
Jordan only has one year remaining on his Eibar contract going into the 2019/20 season. With a release clause of €15m, West Ham would need to pay just under £13m to meet this price.
However, West Ham could get him for even cheaper. Eibar will consider offers, although they will not drop their asking price below €10m (just under £9m).
Why do West Ham want Joan Jordan?
Manuel Pellegrini wants a new central midfielder at West Ham this summer. The Irons have already lost Edimilson Fernandes and doubt surrounds the futures of Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and Carlos Sanchez.
If all three leave, Declan Rice and Mark Noble are the two senior figures remaining. Jack Wilshere’s injury record worries Pellegrini, while Cullen is inexperienced at Premier League level.
West Ham want at least one new central midfielder before the 2019/20 season gets underway, hence the interest in Eibar star Jordan.
Career path and stats
Catalan-born midfielder Jordan started his senior career with Espanyol. He came through the ranks at Espanyol and also played for their B team. He scored 11 times in 68 games for the reserves.
After a loan spell at Real Valladolid (three goals and three assists in 37 matches), he played several first-team games at Espanyol. But he left after scoring just once in 17 outings.
In summer 2017, Jordan signed a three-year deal with Eibar. Since then, he has netted 10 times and provided eight assists in 75 games (including four goals and four assists this season).
Jordan has also received two international caps for Catalonia. He operates alongside Southampton’s Oriol Romeu for the Catalan region.
Style of play
Jordan’s natural position is central midfield. But the two-footed playmaker also plays as a holding midfielder, attacking midfielder or as a winger.
The 24-year-old is a creative player and his relatively unspectacular stats of four goals and four assists this season do not do him justice. He should be registering more assists judging by his creative stats.
According to Who Scored, Jordan ranks 10th in La Liga for ‘key passes’ per match (passes which create a clear goalscoring opportunity). With 1.9 key passes per game, Jordan ranks among Antoine Griezmann, Koke, Lionel Messi and Toni Kroos in the top 10 list.
If he can replicate this creativity at West Ham, he could provide plenty of chances for Marko Arnautovic and the attack. If Manuel Lanzini leaves, Jordan might be a like-for-like replacement.