West Ham move for Aaron Mooy would show club is finally getting recruitment right

According to reports in The Times, West Ham United are leading the race to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy, who cost an initial £8m from Manchester City last year, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Aaron Mooy in action with David Silva

Well, The Times says that the Irons are keen to bring the Australia international to the London Stadium and would be willing to double his £32,000-a-week wages, although the Terriers are likely to offer him an improved deal themselves after preserving their Premier League status for at least another 12 months following their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The east London outfit – whether manager David Moyes is still in charge or not – are likely to prioritise bringing in a new central midfielder this summer because it is one of the areas they have struggled in, with no real competition for Cheikhou Kouyate and captain Mark Noble in recent monts when Pedro Obiang has been injured.

How has Mooy done this season?

He has been brilliant.

Huddersfield would have been hoping that the 27-year-old could make the step up to the Premier League after being a key cog in the team that saw them secure promotion from the Championship, and he certainly has.

The Australian has scored four goals and provided a further three assists in 35 top flight appearances for Town this term, despite often playing more of a defensive role in the middle of the park.

Mooy is known for his tenacity, work-rate and quality on the ball, and according to WhoScored.com he has won 98 of the 129 tackles he has attempted during the current campaign, while he has also shown his attacking threat by making 48 key passes.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, yes.

In many ways, Mooy is a younger version of Noble as he isn’t afraid to work hard and put his body on the line for his team.

Bringing him to the London Stadium would be a good sign for the east London outfit in terms of recruitment and the owners making the right decisions, and he has all of the traits to become a fans’ favourite – although the fans may want another midfielder in addition to the Australia international.