West Ham United have a mere two weeks to add the defensive options that David Moyes is longing for and it appears their attention may have turned towards a new transfer target…
According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, the Irons are eyeing up a loan move for Arsenal misfit Calum Chambers having failed with a bid to sign Burnley colossus James Tarkowski.
It’s claimed that his versatility to play right-back is another reason why he’d be a suitable fit for Moyes at the London Stadium.
However, previous reports from TEAMtalk have suggested that the Gunners want to sell him and have slapped an asking price of £12m on his back.
It’s clear that the Hammers are going to struggle to sign Tarkowski this summer after they had a third bid of £31m rejected by the Clarets last week, but does a swoop for Chambers make sense?
Well, the 25-year-old has racked up 139 appearances in the Premier League as well as 21 across both European competitions, per Transfermarkt, so he’d surely arrive with plenty of experience at an elite level.
Last season, Chambers averaged two aerials won, 1.8 tackles, 1.8 clearances and 0.7 shots per game, via WhoScored but in the past, his defending has been blasted publicly.
talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino labelled him an “accident waiting to happen” after a draw with Chelsea in 2018, claiming he’s “nervous on the ball” and lacks concentration.
Whilst many of the Gunners faithful wanted him sold after his display against Man Utd back in December, so that’s not really encouraging either.
Tarkowski, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the Premier League’s most solid centre-backs having averaged 5.3 clearances, 5.2 aerials won and 1.7 tackles last season.
Chambers is certainly not on his level and it would be a disappointing backup plan.
AND in other news, Grady Diangana has already made West Ham look silly for selling him…