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West Ham: Jordi Alba could be the new Julian Dicks

West Ham United continue to be linked with a sensational swoop for a Barcelona legend…

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As per journalist Pete O’Rourke, should the Hammers lure Jordi Alba to the London Stadium, it could mark a sensational swoop.

According to reports in Spain, the east London side are one of the teams to have registered an interest in the Spain international and whilst it’s thought that he does not want to leave the Nou Camp, he is out of contract in 2024 and isn’t getting any younger at 33.

His £350k-per-week salary is another reason to why manager Xavi Hernandez may be keen to get him off the books.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the reliable reporter delivered his verdict on the rumour, he claimed:

“David Moyes, I think, is interested in signing a left-back to improve the squad. It would come as a massive surprise if they did pursue a move for Jordi Alba, who is probably coming to the end of his career, but he’s won everything.

“He’s been a brilliant left-back, one of the best around, so I think it’d be a real statement signing if West Ham did bring him to the London stadium.”

Their new Julian Dicks

Known as “The Terminator” by fans of the club, Julian Dicks is widely regarded as one of the best fullbacks ever to play for the Irons.

Having featured 170 times for them over two spells, his record of 27 goals made him unlike many others in his position at the time. He offered an offensive ability that was unrivalled for the era.

Now, in this 33-year-old, they could actually be getting an upgrade on their legendary defender.

Alba boasts 441 games for Barcelona, and across that period has scored 25 and assisted 96.

His performances for Spain in his World Cup have acted as proof that these numbers are not rooted in the past, as he has recorded a 7.75 average rating whilst winning one penalty and claiming two assists, via Sofascore.

The veteran star boasts an ageless and relentless play style, but his Catalonian football education has blessed him with composure on the ball unlike few others in world football.

In his side’s 7-0 opening game win over Costa Rica, Alba averaged a pass accuracy of 94% across his 107 attempted passes.

Jordi Alba vs Costa Rica

It was prophesied by Ives Galarcep just how “scary” and “dangerous” the acquisition of Alba would make Barcelona, and these stats serve to prove him correct.

Having spent such a long period playing for such a prestigious footballing outfit, his trophy cabinet has unsurprisingly benefitted. He has won pretty much every competition available to him, including an unprecedented treble during the 2014/15 campaign.

To lure him to the London Stadium would trump almost any transfer that has come before, and likely will come after.

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Moyes must be salivating at the prospect of having him bomb down his left flank, whilst fans of the club will be reminiscing of the days when Julian Dicks would be doing the same, in the expectation they will once again be blessed with a legendary presence at left-back.