West Ham have been named as one of a number of Premier League sides interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton Diaz in this January transfer window.
According to The Daily Mail, David Moyes’ side are interested in signing the Chile international this month, but will face competition from a number of other sides from the Premier League too.
West Ham fans will of course have some very fond memories of Carlos Tevez’s time at Upton Park, with the Argentine combining his fighting spirit and technical quality to help rescue the Hammers from relegation well over a decade ago.
While comparing Brereton with Tevez may not be the most obvious to make, the Rovers man is certainly built from that same cloth of having an elite mentality.
Brereton’s Chilean compatriot, Carlos Villanueva, said: “There has always been talk of that spare 9 and he gives you different characteristics… He comes from a football much more physical than the South American. He also has Chilean and South American blood, which puts in and fights.”
Dubbed a “wonderful talent” by his manager Tony Mowbray, the 22-year-old enjoyed his most prolific campaign to date in the Championship with Blackburn last term, bagging seven goals and providing five assists in 40 league games.
This season has seen him net a whopping 20 goals in just 25 league games, firing Rovers well into the hunt for an automatic promotion spot in the Championship.
Mowbray added said: “Brereton’s like a beast now, and he can score goals. I see it every day in training. He’s a brilliant lad and all our lads absolutely love him. He’s filled out now and he will work so hard for this team. He’s very gifted and can score goals.”
The £9m-rated star seems to have all the fighting qualities that marked Tevez out as a cult hero, and could develop into the same at the London Stadium were he to make the move.