According to The Daily Mirror (27/09 edition, page 70), West Ham are plotting a surprise move for Everton captain Seamus Coleman.
The Hammers finally got themselves up and running in this new Premier League season with a thumping 4-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday night, and it seems as though David Moyes is keen on building on that with some late moves in the transfer market.
The report adds that Moyes sees the Irishman as someone who can bring the Hammers some vital experience and leadership, and is hoping Everton will be open to selling the veteran full-back.
Whilst Coleman is set to turn 32 next month and is arguably past the peak years of his career, he has shown even this season that he can be a reliable performer for a side like Everton – he has captained and played the full 90 minutes in the Toffees’ first three Premier League games, and even picked up an assist in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Speaking after that game, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti paid his skipper huge praise, saying that his leadership skills and influence are comparable to that of the likes of Paolo Maldini, John Terry and Sergio Ramos, whom he has all managed.
Moyes himself has been very public in his praise of the right-back, opening up on just how much he developed at Goodison Park since arriving rather under the radar. He said back in 2016: “Coleman had been in at Birmingham, Celtic, somewhere else, and nobody took him. We took him and he was £60k. I used to think he was like Forrest Gump. He could run for fun.
“He went to Blackpool on loan and I used to go and watch him. He played outside-right and he wasn’t ready to be a full-back yet. Even though that’s what he was, he hadn’t learnt the art of defending. But boy could he run, he could put folk on the back foot because he was positive.”
The Hammers could add some vital leadership to their back-line by making a move for the £70k-a-week earning Coleman before the end of the transfer window.