Arsenal defender Calum Chambers would be the perfect Deadline Day alternative to Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car after West Ham United failed in a late summer swoop.
According to The Guardian, Caleta-Car has snubbed the chance of moving to the London Stadium after making clear that his intentions are to remain with Marseille and compete in the Champions League this season.
West Ham had attempted to sign the 24-year-old as David Moyes continues his search for a new centre-half, having identified the position as one of great need approaching Monday’s 11pm deadline.
The Irons are said to have lodged a bid worth close to £20million for Marseille’s Croatia international, although reports by The Sun suggested West Ham could offer as much as £25m while tabling a £150,000-per-week contract.
Attentions in east London are now expected to turn elsewhere with cheaper options such as Watford’s Craig Dawson a potential loan option. Arsenal’s Chambers and Swansea City’s Joe Rodon are also on the table having considered the benefits of such moves.
Having been dealt yet another blow in their search of a new centre-half by Caleta-Car having no desire to leave Marseille and Burnley refusing all offers for James Tarkowski, West Ham would be wise to see Chambers as the perfect alternative.
Arsenal have been actively looking to sell the 25-year-old this summer after opting to retain Rob Holding amid interest from Newcastle United, with prior reports by TEAMtalk suggesting the Gunners value Chambers at just £12m despite curiosity from Fulham, Leeds, the Toon and Hammers.
That would appear a relatively low fee for a player who has featured 21 times in the Europa League, won an FA Cup, earned 139 Premier League appearances and endured all of the emotions connected with relegation – something West Ham will be adamant of avoiding after last season’s close shave.
Chambers is also a player capable of holding down duties in midfield and at right-back as well as in his natural centre-half role, while offering a threat at both ends of the pitch with two top-flight strikes to his name in each position.
He is also more than comfortable in possession having averaged 78.5 touches per Premier League appearance last season, with which he recorded 46.9 accurate passes having misplaced just 10% of efforts made in his own half, per SofaScore. Chambers also registered 1.1 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and 2.9 clearances, while winning 5.5 duels and playing 0.5 key balls for four big chances over the 2019/20 campaign.