Wilmar Barrios showed vs Japan why West Ham must hijack Tottenham move for star

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios in the last week, but following his impressive display for Colombia in their 2-1 defeat to Japan in their opening 2018 World Cup fixture on Tuesday, perhaps Premier League rivals West Ham United should be looking to sign him, too.

Colombia website Antena 2 reported that Spurs have an agreement in place to bring the 24-year-old, who is rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, to north London this summer, with a move potentially going through after the tournament in Russia.

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A move for Barrios would be no surprise given previous reports have suggested that Mauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to acceptable offers for Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko before the window slams shut on August 9, but they aren’t the only ones looking for a new player in that position.

Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini, whom the fans want to sign an England international following his display against Tunisia, may well be searching for an upgrade on the likes of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate following a disappointing 2017/18 campaign or the duo, and Barrios showed against Japan that he could be a brilliant option for the Chilean.

Wilmar Barrios stats vs Japan

The 24-year-old came on as a 29th minute substitute following an early red card for Carlos Sanchez, and he showed how strong he is defensively with seven tackles and one interception against their counterparts from Asia, while he showed he is decent on the ball too with a passing accuracy of 80%.

West Ham need a quality player with potential and energy in that area, and they must beat Spurs to bring the Colombia international to London.