West Ham United are falling behind within the race to signal Jan Bednarek this summer season.
What’s the speak?
That’s in keeping with a report by The Athletic, who declare that, regardless of the curiosity of each West Ham and Leicester Metropolis, it’s Aston Villa who are actually main the race for the Southampton centre-back’s signing over the rest of the summer season switch window.
The report goes on to state that Steven Gerrard is now in superior talks with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet over a deal believed to be price round €15m (£13m) for the 26-year-old, after Villa had initially tried to safe the defender on a season-long mortgage.
Moyes should act quick
Contemplating simply how spectacular Bednarek was as part of a largely underperforming Southampton facet final season, it’s not obscure why all three of West Ham, Villa and Leicester could be interested by a transfer for the Poland worldwide this summer season.
Certainly, over his 31 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, the £25.5m-rated centre-back was in imperious type within the coronary heart of the Saints’ backline. He helped his staff hold seven clear sheets, together with making 2.3 interceptions, one deal with and 4.5 clearances and profitable 4.5 duels (at a hit price of 62%) per recreation.
Let’s evaluate these figures to Kurt Zouma, who was West Ham’s best-performing centre-back final season.
Over the Frenchman’s 24 Premier League outings in 2021/22, he helped his facet to maintain 5 clear sheets, together with making 1.4 interceptions, 0.5 tackles and 5.5 clearances and profitable 2.8 duels (at a hit price of 59%) per match.
The £20k-per-week Southampton defender additionally chipped in for his staff in assault, scoring 4 objectives and creating one huge likelihood for his team-mates, along with finishing 38.1 passes (at a hit price of 82%), enjoying 2.8 lengthy balls and taking 0.6 pictures per recreation.
As such, with Bednarek fairly clearly being strong on the again, a risk going forwards and a discount for a reported asking value at roughly £12.5m under his present market valuation, it’s not troublesome to see why Moyes has taken an curiosity within the centre-back.
Nevertheless, with Villa very a lot trying to be main the race for the 42-cap worldwide, the West Ham boss should act shortly if he needs to offer himself the absolute best likelihood of stealing the Poland defender away from Gerrard’s grasp within the coming days.