West Ham United could be set to snatch a youngster from a European heavyweight…
Thriving whilst on loan at Empoli, an injury has stunted his progress and denied him a place in Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad.
But he is widely believed to be a big part of Belgium’s future, and it seems David Moyes wants him to be a big part of his future too.
Despite having operated with a very stringent transfer policy over the years, the owners clearly afforded Moyes extra liberties after his vast overperformance with his current squad.
The centre of defence was strengthened with Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd, likely with the departure of Craig Dawson in mind as the deal fell through.
However, with this deal, the Scotsman could shape this physical marvel in the image of Kurt Zouma, but boost his technical abilities to the Premier League level now.
With eight appearances already this season in Italy’s top flight, last season saw him make history as he became The Old Lady’s youngest-ever Champions League starter in one of his only two appearances for the club thus far.
The 6 foot 2 record breaker boasts the physical assets to acclimatise quickly to English football, whilst Leonardo Bonucci claimed he “has no fear”, a trait that will take him far in his career.
Despite still being so young in his career, his stats of 1.3 tackles and 3.4 clearances per game are impressive. However, he still has a long way to go before he can reach the heights of Zouma’s mammoth 4.8 clearances per game.
Playing alongside him will help, whilst the experience he gains with each passing season will only improve him further.
It would mark a sensational coup should Moyes manage to secure this deal.