An update has emerged regarding West Ham’s interest in Mikkel Damsgaard.
According to La Razon, as transcribed by West Ham World, the Hammers are among a number of clubs interested in signing the 21-year-old this summer following his impressive performances for Denmark at the European Championship.
The report claimed that Tottenham, Barcelona and Liverpool are also running the rule over the Sampdoria midfielder, whilst David Moyes is hoping West Ham can swoop in ahead of some huge European clubs to secure his services in the coming weeks.
West Ham fans would surely love to have Damsgaard at the London Stadium next season should he come through the door in the summer transfer window. He is an exciting young winger and could get supporters off their seats with his driving runs down the flank. The 21-year-old likes to get at his opponents and commit defenders, which could fantastic to watch for those who want to see the kind of fast-paced, attacking football for which the Irons are historically renowned.
Damsgaard has been particularly impressive for Denmark at the European Championship. In three games for his country at the finals, he has produced one goal and one assist and averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.25, completing eight dribbles and creating five chances. Not only does this highlight his willingness to run head first at the opposition and make things happen, it also shows that he has the mentality required to perform at the very top level in a major international tournament.
TV2’s football expert Martin Mikkelsen hailed Damsgaard as being “magical” and praised how mature he is in terms of his decision-making in the final third despite his young age, saying: “He’s magical – what speed!
“He is dynamic and can go both ways. He is creative but also so mature in his decisions.”
The £11.7m-rated dynamo could be a terrific addition to West Ham’s squad and that is why Moyes must ensure that a deal can be done for the Danish winger. He has proven his class at international level and was directly involved in six goals for Sampdoria in the Serie A last term, showing that he has experience playing top-flight football and could adapt to regular Premier League action relatively quickly.
Moyes could have the chance to develop him over the course of several years. Damsgaard turns 21 today and has the majority of his career ahead of him, which means that he would be in no rush to have an instant impact at the London Stadium. The former Everton boss could take his time with the youngster and make sure that he is ready to come in before giving him regular minutes in the team, whereas that may not be the case with an older signing who could expect to play straight away.