West Ham United are plotting a move to bring Tosin Adarabioyo to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Claret & Hugh, with the West Ham insider revealing that David Moyes is likely to make a move for the Fulham centre-back at the end of the current campaign, with an offer somewhere in the region of £22m believed to be enough to get a deal over the line for the 24-year-old.
Regarding the Hammers’ interest in the former Manchester City defender, Claret & Hugh state: “West Ham boss David Moyes is likely to move for Fulham central defender Tosin Adarabioyo as he looks to reinforce the defence this summer. Adarabioyo has been on Moyes’ shortlist for several months and a bid of around £22m is likely to get him into the Hammers.”
Considering West Ham’s rather desperate need of central defensive reinforcements, Angelo Ogbonna being ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury, Issa Diop having largely failed to impress while filling in for the Italian and Kurt Zouma’s future appearing uncertain following off-field issues, it is easy to see why Moyes is reported to be plotting a move for a new centre-back this summer – especially one as talented as Adarabioyo.
Indeed, over his 26 Championship appearances so far this season, the £13.5m-rated defender has been in imperious form for Marco Silva’s side, helping Fulham keep eight clean sheets, scoring two goals and providing one assist, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 3.8 clearances and winning five duels – at a success rate of 70% – per game.
These returns have seen the player who Pep Guardiola dubbed an “exceptional” talent average a rather remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.24, not only ranking the 24-year-old as the eighth-best player in the entire division but also as the best defender.
In comparison, over Diop’s nine Premier League outings in the current campaign, the £10.8m-rated centre-back has helped his side keep two clean sheets and provided his teammates with one assist, as well as making an average of 0.7 interceptions, one tackle, 3.6 clearances and winning 2.8 duels – at a success rate of 53% – per fixture.
These returns have seen the 25-year-old who Toby Cudworth labelled a “frightening” player average an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.68, ranking him as Moyes’ seventh-worst performer in the league.
As such, while it is true that Diop turned in an admirable display in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Sunday, it would nevertheless appear an extremely wise move for the 58-year-old Hammers boss to finally cut his losses on the former France U21 international this summer, and subsequently reinvest the transfer fee received – as well as his £67k-per-week wages – for the defender into a move for Adarabioyo.