West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Rasmus Kristensen to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by German publication SportBild (via Sport Witness), who claim that the Irons, alongside the likes of Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund, AS Roma and VfL Wolfsburg, are extremely interested in a move for the RB Salzburg right-back this summer.
The report goes on to state that the Austrian side value the 24-year-old at a figure of around €13m (£11m), as well as claiming that David Moyes’ side previously attempted to sign the defender back in January of 2020.
Considering just how impressive Kristensen has been for Salzburg this season, in addition to the fact that both Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson’s current deals at the London Stadium are set to expire at the end of the campaign, a move for a new right-back – especially one as talented as the Denmark international – would appear to be an extremely wise one for the Hammers.
Indeed, over his 18 Austrian Bundesliga appearances this term, the £11.7m-rated full-back has been in exceptional form for Matthias Jaissle’s side, having already scored six goals, registered three assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.6 shots and making 1.3 key passes per game.
The 24-year-old has also impressed in a defensive capacity, helping his side keep seven clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 1.4 tackles, 1.2 clearances and winning 5.9 duels – at a success rate of 59% – per fixture.
These returns have seen the £14k-per-week defender average a rather astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.38, ranking him not only as Salzburg’s second-best performer in the league but also as the third-best player in the division as a whole.
Furthermore, the player who Jaissle dubbed both an “absolute leader” and a “goal threat” has also impressed over his six Champions League outings this term, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.12 in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Kristensen would make an exceptional addition to Moyes’ current options on the right-hand side of his backline, especially if the Dane is available for a fee of just £11m this summer.
And, with the £75k-per-week Fredericks’ contract set to expire this season, the 58-year-old Hammers boss could quite happy wave goodbye to the 29-year-old – who has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this season – knowing that a player as talented as the 40-assist Kristensen would be on his way to the London Stadium.