Tom Collomosse has dropped an update on the future of the reported West Ham United transfer target Youri Tielemans.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the Daily Mail journalist stated his belief that – with the 24-year-old entering the final year of his Leicester City contract this summer – the Foxes will struggle to command a fee similar to that of Ben Chilwell’s £50m move to Chelsea back in the summer of 2020.
This will likely come as reassuring news to West Ham, who, alongside the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United, are reported to be keeping a close eye on the situation of the Belgium international ahead of a potential cut-price swoop during the summer transfer window.
Speaking about the future of the central midfielder, Collomosse said:
“The slight problem they have is if he’s only got 12 months left, then you’re not in a strong position as if you’re selling say Ben Chilwell and he’s got four years left – that’s a big price. I certainly think if he was available, which he would be with only 12 months left, he would suit any of [the interested who are interested] squads.”
Considering just how impressive Tielemans has been for Leicester since his £40m transfer to the King Power back in the summer of 2019, it is easy to see why David Moyes and his West Ham transfer team would be interested in a move for the midfielder.
Indeed, the £49.5m-rated Belgian has consistently been one of the Foxes’ best performers in the Premier League, averaging seasonal SofaScore match ratings of 7.25, 7.00 and 7.15 in his three full seasons for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.
It has been a similar story in the current campaign, as, over the £120k-per-week maestro’s 18 league outings, he has already bagged six goals, registered two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
The central midfielder has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 44.6 passes and winning 4.7 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per fixture.
These returns have seen the 24-year-old, who talent scout Jacek Kulig dubbed an “outrageous talent“, average a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.24, not only ranking him as Leicester’s best performer in the league but also as the joint 21st-best player in the division as a whole.
As such, considering the fact that West Ham already have a world-class central midfielder in Declan Rice, the prospect of the player who The Athletic’s Rob Tanner labelled a “creator” lining up alongside the England international is certainly an extremely exciting one for fans of the Hammers.
However, with a considerable amount of interest already being registered in a cut-price deal for Tielemans’ services, should West Ham fail to seal a top-four finish in the league this season, it would appear as if a move for the midfielder would be extremely difficult for Moyes to get over the line this summer.