West Ham United have been dealt a knockout blow in their bid to bring Jan Bednarek to the London Stadium on transfer deadline day.
That’s according to David Ornstein, with The Athletic journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that, despite West Ham being heavily linked with a move for the Southampton centre-back, the 26-year-old has now actually agreed a move to Aston Villa.
In his tweet, Ornstein said: “Aston Villa have agreed to sign Jan Bednarek from Southampton on 1yr loan. 26yo centre-back has chosen AVFC & is heading to medical.”
Considering just how impressive Bednarek was for Southampton last time out, coupled with Craig Dawson appearing to be on his way out of east London in the coming hours, Ornstein’s update that the Poland international has now chosen a move to Aston Villa ahead of one to the London Stadium is sure to have left David Moyes gutted.
Indeed, according to FBref, the £25.5m-rated defender ranks in the top 4% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for interceptions made per 90, as well as the top 10% for blocks, the top 11% for clearances and the top 13% for aerial duels won over the past 365 days – proving just how effective the 26-year-old is at the back.
Furthermore, the £20k-per-week talent also ranks in the top 4% for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 10% for non-penalty xG, the top 24% for shots, the top 28% for xG assisted – xG that follows a pass which assists a shot – and the top 34% for shot-creating actions over the last 12 months – demonstrating just how much of a threat the defender is going forwards.
These returns see Bednarek compared to one of the most in-demand centre-backs of the summer transfer window, with FBref listing Gleison Bremer – who was linked with both Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan before sealing a €41m (£34.8m) move to Juventus – as one of the Poland international’s most comparable players.
As such, it is clear to see that missing out on the 26-year-old is sure to have come as a gutting blow to Moyes and his West Ham transfer team – who will now have to turn their attention elsewhere over the remaining hours of the transfer window.