West Ham United are capable of securing a deal to bring Eden Hazard to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by Peter O’Rourke, with the journalist stating his belief in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that David Moyes’ side have the financial capability to seal a deal for the Real Madrid winger this winter, before going on to suggest that the 30-year-old’s signing would be a real signal of intent from the Champions League hopefuls.
Speaking about the Hammers’ reported interest in the Belgium international, O’Rourke said: “West Ham, they can offer him Premier League football, and could match his wages – you can never say never in football. It would be a real signal of intent if West Ham can convince Eden Hazard to move to the London Stadium.”
Considering the success Moyes achieved after signing Jesse Lingard on a four-month loan deal in the second half of last season, with the attacking midfielder going on to bag nine goals and five assists over just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, should the Scottish manager be able to secure a deal for Hazard this winter, he could well repeat his Lingard masterclass of last term.
Indeed, there are clear similarities between the situations of each player, with Hazard having featured in just 13 fixtures for Los Blancos so far this season, only six of which have come as starts – something that was a very similar case to that of Lingard at Manchester United last time out.
However, with the greatest of respect to Lingard, although he is one year the Belgian’s junior, should West Ham be able to secure the £13m-rated Hazard in January, he is undoubtedly a player who has a far higher ceiling regarding potential returns in comparison to the England international.
Indeed, over his 245 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, the £381k-per-week man scored a whopping 81 goals and registered 61 assists, as well as winning two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles and the 2014/15 Premier League player of the year award.
As such, while the man who Rudi Garcia claimed is a “unique” talent with an “irreplaceable style” has not enjoyed the best of times since his £103.5m move to Real Madrid back in 2019, if Moyes can do a similar job on the Belgian to the one he did with Lingard, West Ham could well have a world-beater on their hands for the second half of the current campaign – leading us to believe that the Hammers should do all they can to secure a £21m deal for the winger in the coming weeks.