West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Charlie Taylor to the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to Alex Crook, with the journalist revealing in a recent article for talkSPORT that, after seeing deals for both Filip Kostic and Emerson Palmieri fall through, David Moyes has now turned his attention in the transfer market to the Burnley left-back.
The transfer insider went on to state that the 59-year-old Hammers manager is hopeful that the cash-strapped Championship side would be willing to part with the 28-year-old ahead of September’s transfer deadline – something that The Sun journalist Alan Nixon recently reported is very much the case.
While it is undeniable that Emerson would have made an excellent addition to Aaron Cresswell in Moyes’ first-team squad, there is an argument to be made that Taylor could perhaps be an even more apt fit than the Italy international.
Despite the fact that the Chelsea left-back impressed over his 29 Ligue 1 fixtures while out on loan at Lyon last season – helping the French side keep four clean sheets, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating four big chances, with these returns seeing the 28-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.91 – Taylor’s returns in the Premier League last time out were even more eye-catching.
Indeed, over his 31 top flight appearances in 2021/22, the £2.7m-rated left-back helped the Clarets keep five clean sheets, registered three assists and created four big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.9 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 2.3 clearances and winning 5.6 duels – at a success rate of 62% – per fixture.
These metrics saw the £47k-per-week talent who Steve Evans dubbed “outstanding” average an extremely respectable SofaScore match rating of 6.85, ranking him as Burnley’s 10th-best performer in the league last season – a rather astonishing feat for a defender playing for a club who finished in the bottom three.
Furthermore, considering the fact that Emerson was reported to be demanding more than £73k-per-week in order to move to east London, it is highly unlikely that a player currently plying his trade in the Championship would command anywhere near as much as this – something that would quite clearly make him a more financially viable option.
As such, should Moyes manage to get a deal over the line for Taylor in the coming weeks, it would very much appear as if the 59-year-old could have landed a dream alternative to the Chelsea defender – a prospect that is sure to delight the West Ham faithful.