West Ham manager David Moyes ought to ramp up his pursuit of Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard as the Denmark international continues to impress at Euro 2020.
Back in February, Italian outlet La Republicca claimed that the Irons would battle Premier League rivals Tottenham for the 20-year-old gem this summer, with Juventus, Southampton and Leeds also mooted with interest.
The Athletic recently added fuel to the fire by suggesting that Damsgaard could be the perfect alternative to Jesse Lingard as a hugely cost-effective option.
After the past week, Moyes will surely be eager to press ahead with plans to sign him.
On the same day that West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko flopped in another big game, failing to impress as Ukraine lost to Austria, the Irons transfer target scored one of the goals of the tournament so far for Denmark, continuing his excellent showing on the biggest stage.
Damsgaard received the ball from Spurs’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the half-turn before curling a stunning effort past the Russia goalkeeper to become Denmark’s youngest-ever scorer at a major competition.
It’s no wonder several Premier League clubs are eyeing up his services, so Moyes must ensure it’s the Hammers who are at the front of the queue.
As per SofaScore, the Sampdoria prodigy is among the best-performing attackers at the competition, having recorded six successful dribbles, four shots and two key passes, earning a 7.25 average rating on top of his wonder goal.
The addition of a new winger is probably the last of West Ham’s priorities this transfer window but the Danish sensation can also play centrally, and with Yarmolenko’s future up in the air, that need could soon increase.
During the 2020/21 campaign, the £26m-rated dynamo provided Leicester’s former title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri with two goals and four assists but also proved to be a standout with his work rate by averaging 1.5 dribbles and 1.2 tackles per game in Serie A, via WhoScored.
If Damsgaard continues to take Euro 2020 by storm, that would surely increase his suitors and asking price, which was thought to be around €20m (£18m) at one stage.
Therefore, Moyes absolutely needs to accelerate his plans to sign the Denmark international or risk losing out on him entirely.