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West Ham: David Moyes interested in Ismail Jakobs

West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Ismail Jakobs to the London Stadium this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by KUMB, who claim that David Moyes has now submitted an enquiry with AS Monaco regarding a potential deal for the 22-year-old left-back, who is represented by the same agent, Dirk Hebel, as another of the Hammers’ reported transfer targets – Thilo Kehrer.

The report goes on to state that Hebel is flying to London on Thursday in order to discuss the Paris Saint-Germain centre-back’s personal terms ahead of a potential switch to West Ham this summer – although the Premier League side are not believed to have come to an agreement over a fee with the French outfit as yet.

The next Hakimi

Considering just how exciting a prospect Jakobs very much appears to be, in addition to the fact that, following Arthur Masuaku’s switch to Besiktas, Moyes is somewhat sort of choice on the left of his backline, it is easy to see why the 59-year-old would be interested in a deal to bring the Monaco starlet to east London in the coming weeks.

Indeed, the versatile full-back – who can also operate from left-midfield and on the left wing – burst onto the scene with 1. FC Koln back in 2019, scoring two goals and registering two assists over 20 appearances in his debut Bundesliga campaign.

The 23-year-old followed this season up with another impressive showing in 2020/21, scoring one goal, providing one assist and creating three big chances over his 23 league fixtures, winning the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month award in December of 2020 – with his form convincing Monaco to splash €6.5m (£5.5m) on the former Germany U21 international last summer.

The £14k-per-week Jakobs – who Paul Mitchell dubbed “quality” – once again enjoyed a fine campaign over his 28 Ligue 1 appearances for the Monegasques last season, again proving his attacking threat with one assist and six big chances created in the French top flight.

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Regarding his style, Bundesliga.com went as far as to compare the £6.3m-rated talent to PSG’s full-back sensation Achraf Hakimi – who boasts an eye-catching record of 24 goals and 35 assists over 177 senior club appearances – citing the duo’s “pace and power” and “goal-threat” as their primary similarities, as well as their ability to “cut inside” from the flank to create opportunities for teammates or themselves.

Indeed, considering his ability to play all along the left flank, his knack for getting forward in support of attacks and his scope for further development in the future, Jakobs would very much appear to be an extremely astute signing for Moyes to get over the line this summer – not to mention a player who could well prove to become the next Hakimi in east London.

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