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West Ham enter race for Lille defender Botman

West Ham look set for a busy summer with plenty of rumoured departures from the club, and a number or players already linked with transfers to London Stadium.

One area that manager David Moyes is believed to have identified as somewhere the team needs improvement in is at the heart of the defence, with the likes of Nottingham Forest ace Joe Worrall and Liverpool star Joe Gomez both having already been rumoured to be of interest to the Hammers.

The latest defender to be linked with a move is Lille defender Sven Botman, who has been in demand for over a year now and could finally leave the French club this summer.

What’s the news?

According to the Evening Standard, the East London club are tracking the Dutch 22-year-old, who has also been targeted by Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Serie A giants AC Milan.

Should West Ham splash the cash on Botman?

Yes, he would improve them!

Yes, he would improve them!

No, there are better targets!

No, there are better targets!

Moyes has already admitted that the club will be looking to bolster the squad this Summer, saying in an interview with Standard Sport: “I see new players, I see a stronger squad, I see a change of the guard in some places because of what’s happening at the club. But that will be normal. We do have to make changes in the summer, we do need to look at how to move forward again.”

A future superstar

Being a 6 foot 4, left-footed, 22-year-old centre-back, who has excelled in the French top-flight over the last two seasons, since his £7.2m move from Ajax back in 2020, Botman is one of the hottest properties in Europe right now, and many clubs view him as someone they can build their backline around.

Now rated at £27m by Transfermarkt, he has also recently received massive praise from Lille captain and former West Ham centre-back Jose Fonte, who told talkSPORT: “He is a top player. I must say I was surprised when he first arrived. I wasn’t expecting this level of quality, I was expecting a youngster with potential, but the guy is very composed; he’s mature for his age.

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“He’s a defender, and by that I mean he likes to defend; he likes to play simple, he’s strong, he’s tall, he wins his duels, he doesn’t overcomplicate the game, he’s good on the ball, left-footed.

“He’s been doing extremely well since he arrived so yeah, no wonder there’s interest in him. It doesn’t surprise me, not at all.”

Averaging a 7.14 match rating in Ligue 1 according to SofaScore, Botman completes 88% of his passes on average per game, as well as winning over two-thirds of his duels per game too. Therefore, it’s easy to see why the club themselves dubbed their centre-half a “beast.”

If West Ham manage to secure his signature, they will undoubtedly have a world-class talent on their hands.

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