West Ham should make January move for Juan Mata

Juan Mata appears to be entering the latter stages of his career at Manchester United, and West Ham United should be looking to sign the experienced attacker.

What’s the word, then?

Mata joined United from Chelsea in January 2014, and the 41-time Spain international is closing on 200 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.

The versatile attacker started United’s first two matches of the 2018-19 Premier League season, but was left out of the squad for the fixtures with Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, and was only on the bench against Watford.

The 30-year-old managed three goals and five assists in 28 Premier League appearances last term, and has proved a valuable player for the Red Devils in recent seasons.

Mata has mainly been used in a right-sided attacking position, however, and has often struggled to produce his best form.

The fact that the Spaniard was left out of the starting XI for the Champions League clash with Young Boys on Wednesday night might prove to be the final straw, and West Ham should swoop to sign him.

Would the deal be possible?

The likeable forward will see his United deal expire at the end of this season, and whilst Jose Mourinho wants to keep him, Mata, who has a total of 223 Premier League appearances to his name, is desperate for first-team football.

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Mata still has plenty left to offer at the top level, and his arrival would be a huge boost to the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson in the final third.

Arnautovic has managed three goals in five Premier League appearances this season, and has 14 league goals in total since arriving at the London Stadium.

There are still critics of the Austrian, but they are impressive numbers, and there is no question that he would enjoy operating alongside a player of Mata’s ilk and class.

A lot would have to happen for West Ham to secure this deal, but they really should be approaching the Spaniard to see if something can be agreed.