In Focus: West Ham, Everton and Newcastle eye defender; would be a versatile addition

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United, Everton and Newcastle United are all targeting a move for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 22-year-old has struggled to find a regular place in the Gunners’ starting line-up after making a move from Southampton in 2014, despite making just 26 appearances for the south coast outfit.

After failing to cement his spot in Arsene Wenger’s team, Chambers joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal at the end of August.

How has he done?

He’s done well.

Although he can play at full-back, centre-back and in defensive midfield, Chambers has cemented his spot at the heart of the Boro defence this term alongside Ben Gibson.

He has built up a solid partnership with him too, and despite the fact that the Teesside outfit are currently in the relegation zone and five points from safety, it hasn’t been because of their defensive record.

Only four Premier League sides have conceded fewer than the 33 Middlesbrough have in 29 top flight matches.

Will he be allowed to leave Arsenal permanently?

It’s difficult to say.

Obviously, a lot could depend on the future of Arsene Wenger, but if the Frenchman does stay at the Emirates then it seems unlikely that anything would change for Chambers.

How much would he cost?

Arsenal paid an undisclosed fee that could rise to £16m when they signed the defender from Saints, and Wenger would likely want to recoup most of that if he was to sell him on to another club.

The report suggests that the likes of West Ham and Everton would be willing to pay more than £10m for the 22-year-old’s services, as they look to boost their defences ahead of next season.

Would he strengthen the interested trio?

He certainly would, and his versatility could prove to be invaluable.

The Irons are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, and Ronald Koeman’s Toffees are too following the injury to Seamus Coleman and the fact that Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams are getting no younger.

Rafa Benitez would also need to boost his Magpies backline if, as expected, they complete an instant return to the Premier League.