According to a report from BBC, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United are interested in signing Fenerbahce captain and left-back Hasan Ali Kaldirim this summer.
Having previously been linked with the 29-year-old two years ago, the Hammers are once again going in for him and he’s reportedly keen on a switch to the Premier League himself.
It is thought that the club will use the money from the Lucas Perez and Edimilson Fernandes sales to facilitate the move, as the defender only has a release clause of £4.4m.
Kaldirim started his career at Mainz after a transfer from the German fifth tier, before moving back to his native Turkey with Kayserispor and eventually Turkish powerhouses Fenerbahce.
He has now been there for seven years, making over 200 appearances. He also possesses 30 caps and counting for Turkey.
If we look beyond Kaldirim’s fantastic ability for a second, a West Ham transfer to bring him in would be smart business solely as it would allow the club to finally get shot of an inconsistent 25-year-old.
For too long Arthur Masuaku has been getting away with murder at left-back in Claret & Blue, his attacking ability covering over the fact that he simply can’t defend, to the coaching staff of three different managers.
The Hammers would be losing something going forward with his sale, though they would be getting something a lot more valuable in the defensive protection that Kaldirim would provide.
The Turkish international still offers something in attacks on that left flank, however, is much more sound defensively and a far better defender than Masuaku – perhaps Aaron Cresswell too.
At 29, the Fenerbahce hero is much less likely to rashly bomb forward to join attacks leaving a huge gap in the defence, something both the DR Congo man and Cresswell have been guilty of.
But surely can’t the answer to the East Londoners’ left-back woes be getting rid of Masuaku and installing Cresswell as the first choice? No, as the ex-England star is far too injury prone.
With his experience in Europe’s top competitions and undeniable quality, Kaldirim is the answer as the long-term first choice and Cresswell can be his deputy. And all for below £5m, West Ham can’t go wrong.