In Focus: West Ham will hope that Daniel Opare can be their long-term right-back

According to a report by Soka25east, West Ham United are set to beat Everton to the signing of defender Daniel Opare, who they claim left the Bundesliga side on Tuesday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Soka25east says that Opare left Augsburg because of discipline issues over a failed move away during the January transfer window, and now Irons boss David Moyes is ready to bring the 27-year-old to the London Stadium.

While the report suggests a deal could be done this summer, the fact that the Ghana international could now be a free agent if his contract has been ripped up means that a move could even be wrapped up before then.

Soka25east adds that while Everton, Leicester City and Stoke City were all keen on Opare, West Ham are confident that they have won the race to bring him to the Premier League.

How has Opare done this season?

The right-back, who can also play in a more advanced role on the same flank, has been impressing for Augsburg and was starting to attract interest from other clubs prior to the January window with his previous contract due to run out this summer.

The 27-year-old had made 17 Bundesliga appearances prior to his reported departure this week, and had established himself as the club’s first-choice right-back.

While he has failed to score or pick up an assist this term, Opare loves to get forward and according to WhoScored.com has successfully completed 24 of the 48 dribbles he attempted in those 17 German top flight outings.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

It’s difficult to say.

While the 27-year-old has been a more than consistent performer for Augsburg and Standard Liege among others during his career, he appears to offer little in terms of creating chances from an attacking point of view.

With West Ham having Pablo Zabaleta and Sam Byram available to play at right-back at the moment, Opare could be seen as the long-term option there with the former certainly getting no younger and the latter still failing to convince anyone that he can be the club’s first-choice in that position for years to come.

Of course, the fact that he has reportedly left Augsburg because of issues over his discipline should also be a worry for the Hammers, although it certainly didn’t worry them when they signed Patrice Evra in similar circumstances on Wednesday.