According to journalist Alex Crook – writing in his transfer notebook for talkSPORT – the Hammers are believed to be ‘keeping an eye’ on the 22-year-old, with David Moyes said to be keen on bringing in ‘young legs’ as competition for current first-choice Aaron Cresswell.
As per the report, the Zimbabwe international only has one year remaining on his contract at the Vitality Stadium, albeit with the Cherries likely to ramp up their negotiations amid the potential interest from the east London outfit.
West Ham appear intent on adding a new left-sided defender this summer to contend with the aforementioned Cresswell, amid reports that they are keen on Germany’s David Raum and Paris Saint-Germain outcast Layvin Kurzawa.
Although the London-born gem may be something of an unknown quantity to some, Zemura has certainly impressed those at his current club following a breakthrough season under Scott Parker last time out, the six-cap speedster having played a crucial role in the club’s successful promotion push.
In 33 Championship outings during the 2021/22 campaign, the £2.7m-rated man chipped in with three goals and one assist from his left-sided berth. He also proved himself a classy operator defensively, having averaged 1.7 clearances, 1.5 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, keeping 15 clean sheets in the process.
With the Cherries now back in the Premier League, the exciting Zimbabwean prospect may have less desire to jump ship to the London Stadium, having previously hinted at his ambition to “light up the left-hand side” with team-mate and close friend Jaidon Anthony.
Nevertheless, the pull of European football could well see him make the leap to link up with West Ham for next season, with the Irons possibly offering him the platform to truly enhance his burgeoning status.
While current regular Cresswell will provide stern competition, Zemura seemingly has the talent to eventually usurp the 32-year-old, and having two impressive left-backs in tow can only be a good thign for the Hammers.