With uncertainty surrounding Kurt Zouma’s future at West Ham due to being prosecuted by the RSPCA and losing the respect from fans, David Moyes might be forced into the transfer market this summer to sign a new centre-back.
The Frenchman for the time being has been given a chance by his manager, alongside Craig Dawson – who himself has had a solid season at the back for the Hammers, averaging a 6.96 in the Premier League so far this campaign.
Moyes could potentially pair the Englishman up for the next season with Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, who is interesting the East London club after having a solid season in the Championship.
According to Football League World, the 24-year-old still has a £10m release clause that could be activated in the market for a brief period of time – after it was previously believed to have expired at the end of the last summer transfer window.
The report also states that West Ham have him on their radar, and despite it looking almost a near-certainty that Fulham will return to the Premier League via promotion this year, Adarabioyo would likely be playing European football across the capital should he switch teams.
The Cottagers will be ruing their mistake by not closing the loophole surrounding his release clause, particularly as the former Manchester City youth academy prospect is worth £3.5m more than the price West Ham would have to pay according to Transfermarkt.
Having kept ten clean sheets this season already, he has established himself as one of the top defenders in the Football League right now, if not the best – as he has the highest average match rating in the Championship among players in his position with a 7.20.
Dubbed an “exceptional” talent by Tony Mowbray, Adarabioyo could emulate Jarrod Bowen’s immense success after joining from a Championship club before thriving at the highest level.
He certainly looks like he’d be able to do that as well, with the centre-back having won on average 68% of his total duels and completing 87% of his passes. Importantly, the 6 foot 5 giant is also a threat from set-pieces, having made four goal contributions in 33 appearances this season.
At £10m, not only would West Ham be getting a relatively young English centre-back who would help the club with homegrown players registration rules, but he already has plenty of Premier League experience, and could remain at the heart of the Hammers’ defence for years to come.