West Ham United may have to battle Chelsea for Danish defender

West Ham United are going after Chelsea target, Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer, according to Turkish-Football.com.

What’s the word?

The Denmark international is believed to have attracted interest from numerous clubs due to his form this season.

Turkish-Football.com reports¬†that the Hammers have made an enquiry about the defender’s availability ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is believed that Chelsea made their interest known in January, while Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon are also said to be tracking the 27-year-old.

West Ham could face difficulty in trying to sign Kjaer considering that Fenerbahce were unwilling to listen to offers in the winter window.

What does Kjaer bring to the table?

This season, the defender has been partnered at the back with former Liverpool player Martin Skrtel and the pair have kept 15 clean sheets so far.

Kjaer joined the Turkish outfit from Lille in 2015 and has gone on to make 77 appearances, including 19 Super Lig starts in the current campaign.

As well as featuring regularly for his club, he also has experience on the international stage having earned 66 caps for Denmark.

In terms of his qualities, Kjaer, who has scored three goals in all competitions this season, has plenty of strength and can be trusted with a well-timed tackle.

The Dane can also provide a threat from set pieces and is good to use when playing the long-ball approach.

As mentioned, Fenerbahce have warned suitors off so far, but if the club fail to grab a place in the Champions League this season, they may be forced to sell.

 


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