West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Cameron Carter-Vickers to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claim that West Ham, as well as Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and AFC Bournemouth, are keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Tottenham Hotspur centre-back ahead of a potential swoop this summer.
However, the report goes on to state that Celtic, where the 24-year-old is currently on loan, do hold an option to purchase the defender on a permanent basis, with the figure for this deal believed to be around £10m.
With the heart of the West Ham defence having been something of a problem position for David Moyes so far this season, as Angelo Ogbonna has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury, Kurt Zouma being caught up in well documented off-field issues and Issa Diop generally failing to impress when filling in at the back, it is easy to see why the 58-year-old would be interested in a deal for Carter-Vickers.
Indeed, since making a season-long switch to Celtic last summer, the £2.7m-rated centre-back has been in astonishing form over his 22 Premiership appearances, helping his side keep 11 clean sheets, scoring two goals and providing one assist, in addition to making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 0.9 tackles, 79.1 passes, 4.7 clearances and winning six duels – at a success rate of 71% – per game.
These metrics have seen the £20k-per-week USA international who Graeme Jones dubbed “incredible” and Jan Vertonghen labelled a “beast” average a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.36, ranking the Spurs loanee as the sixth-best player in the league.
As such, when taking into account the £12.5m-rated Diop – who is reportedly earning £67k-per-week at the London Stadium – has averaged a rather less impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.68 over his nine Premier League appearances this season, it would appear highly advisable for Moyes to finally cut his losses on the player Toby Cudworth dubbed “frightening” this summer, before reinvesting the funds received from his sale into a move for Carter-Vickers.