West Ham United have been dealt a setback in their bid to bring John Egan to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
In recent comments cited by Yorkshire Live, the Sheffield United centre-back suggested that, despite being linked with a £12m January move to the likes of West Ham and Leeds United in late last year, he is happy with life at Bramall Lane, and is not actively seeking a move away from the Championship side.
When asked about the interest in his services, the 30-year-old said: “Listen, we’re doing well in the league and I’ve played most of the games. I’m enjoying my football and looking forward to the next game. I suppose I just focus on coming in here and trying to train well and get picked in the team.
“I feel I keep trying to improve. Even though I’m 30 now I want to keep improving and get better every season. You have to squeeze things out of yourself and try and look where you can improve.
“I’ve played a lot of games since I came here. I’ve managed to be consistent enough to get picked a lot, so I need to keep trying to improve and help the club move forward.”
Considering just how shaky West Ham have been at the back so far this season – having already shipped 24 goals over their 18 Premier League fixtures in 2022/23 – it is not difficult to understand why David Moyes would be interested in a deal to bring a player such as Egan to the London Stadium this winter.
Indeed, over his 25 Championship appearances in the current campaign, the £6.2m-rated talent has been in imperious form at the back, helping the Blades keep a whopping ten clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.6 interceptions, one tackle, 4.5 clearances and winning 5.4 duels – at a success rate of 63% – per game.
The £26k-per-week defender has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, registering one assist and creating four big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.2 shots, making 0.4 key passes and playing 3.6 long balls per match.
These returns have seen the player who commentator Oisin Langan dubbed “unreal” and Stephen Kenny claimed “could play in the Champions League” average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.03, currently ranking him as Sheffield United’s sixth-best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, considering just how solid Egan is at the back, coupled with the threat the centre-back poses in the final third, it would indeed appear as if the Republic of Ireland international would make an unreal addition to Moyes’ current options in the heart of his defence, leading us to believe that the 59-year-old must do all he can to land the defender this winter.