West Ham United are believed to be monitoring Ajax star Edson Alvarez at present, with David Moyes seemingly keen to bolster his midfield ranks at the London Stadium.
According to 90min, the Mexico international is one of the targets who is said to have ‘impressed’ the Hammers of late, with the 25-year-old having previously been the subject of a £43m bid from fellow Premier League side Chelsea over the summer.
The report suggests that a new addition in the middle of the park could well be on the agenda for the east Londoners in the near future amid lingering doubts over the future of captain Declan Rice, while a new contract has yet to emerge for midfield partner Tomas Soucek.
The suggestion is that Alvarez would likely be open to the chance of relocating to England, although it is not yet known if the 59-cap machine would be willing to secure a move to the London Stadium.
If West Ham’s recent record under head of recruitment Rob Newman is anything to go by, there is genuine hope of being able to tempt the £27m-rated man to join the Irons, with the transfer chief having pulled off notable coups this summer with the arrivals of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.
Adding Alvarez into that mix could well help to solve the club’s issues in central midfield, with Moyes still far too reliant on the first-choice pairing of the aforementioned Rice and Soucek, with summer signing Flynn Downes only now beginning to force his way into the team on a more regular basis.
There is seemingly a need for fiercer competition, with Soucek in particular having come under fire for his below-par performance of late, with journalist Josh Bunting suggesting that the Czech Republic international is “just not good enough” for the Hammers.
With West Ham in need of a potential heir or successor to the former Slavia Prague man at the base of the midfield, the prospective addition of Alvarez could well be an ideal solution, with the pair seemingly sharing a number of stylistic and statistical similarities, as per FBref.
For instance, the latter notably ranks in the top 1% for clearances made and the top 3% for aerial duels won among his peers in major European leagues, while the current Irons ace ranks in the top 3% for clearances made and the top 1% for aerial duels, showcasing their likeness in a defensive sense.
However, the Mexican no doubt excels with his “tenacious” approach – as described by talent scout Jacek Kulig – as he ranks in the top 5% for interceptions made, while Soucek only ranks in the top 37% for that same metric.
Equally, the 6 foot 4 colossus has struggled in possession of late under Moyes, with a measly pass completion rate of just 76.4%, while his potential replacement Alvarez has a pass completion rate of 89.2% as a sign of his ball-playing quality.
That upgrade could well be a necessary for the east Londoners at present, with the former Chelsea target – who has three goal contributions in 15 games for Ajax this season – showcasing he has both the defensive and attacking attributes needed to be a success in Moyes’ West Ham side.