West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Benoit Badiashile to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by ExWHUemployee, who revealed in a recent post on The West Ham Way that the signing of a centre-back looks to be one of David Moyes’ priorities this month, with the 58-year-old believed to be keeping a close eye on a number of Ligue 1 talents.
The club insider goes on to confirm that one of these targets is AS Monaco centre-back Badiashile, who has already been linked with a move to a number of Premier League sides – including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham – in the current market.
In his post, Ex said: “Centre-back and left-back are the positions that Moyes appears to want to sort first. As mentioned before, we do like the French league and defensive players [that we] have been rumoured to [have] looked at [include] Benoit Badiashile of Monaco.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Badiashile quite clearly possesses, it is easy to see why West Ham are interested in a move for the 20-year-old this winter, as the defender is undoubtedly a signing Moyes would love to add to his current options in the heart of defence – particularly considering the injuries to both Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.
Indeed, despite his tender age, the 6 foot 4 centre-back – who can also play at both left and right-back – has already gone on to make 105 first-team appearances for Monaco, with his most impressive returns arguably coming over his 35 Ligue 1 outings last season.
In 2020/21, the £25.2m-rated man helped his side keep nine clean sheets, scored two goals, registered one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.7 interceptions, 0.7 tackles, 2.8 clearances, 60.5 passes and winning 63% of his duels per game.
These metrics saw the £14k-per-week defender earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.91, ranking him as Monaco’s 12th-best performer in the top flight of French football that season – with the 20-year-old playing a key role in helping his side secure a third-place finish in the league.
As such, when taking into account his already remarkable returns at such a young age, not to mention his impressive positional versatility and imposing physical stature, it is clear to see why Moyes is targeting a move for Badiashile this winter.
The youngster would undoubtedly help to strengthen an area of the pitch that has proven to be a rather large issue for the Hammers since the injuries to Ogbonna and Zouma.