West Ham United are among several sides eyeing a move for Weston McKennie before Tuesday’s deadline…
That’s according to Italian outlet Tuttosport, who claim that the Irons have made contact with Juventus over a potential move for the 22-year-old American.
It’s thought that the Serie A giants have already planned for his departure by targeting Axel Witsel as his replacement but before he can be signed, McKennie must be moved on.
Everton and Aston Villa are also mooted with interest in the report, whilst London rivals Spurs are another team that has been linked to the midfielder.
The former Schalke 04 man is said to be available for a fee in the region of €30m (£26m).
The Hammers are closing in on the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea this week, bolstering a key area for David Moyes and one that he had made a priority in the past few weeks.
He’s completed his medical and is likely to be announced as a West Ham player in the coming days.
There are only a few days remaining in the summer transfer window and Moyes still needs plenty of other arrivals, particularly in attack, where Michail Antonio is still the only recognised senior striker.
However, the 58-year-old Scot has rejected the chance to sign an array of names, which suggests he may well be – bizarrely – happy with the current situation.
Further depth in midfield wouldn’t go amiss, either, so that may be why links to McKennie have surfaced and he’d be an excellent option to round off their summer business.
He may well have struggled for minutes last season, starting only 18 of his 34 league appearances, but that didn’t stop him from displaying his box-to-box and versatile credentials.
The £22.5m-rated dynamo, whose skillset has been described as “unique” by USA coach Gregg Berhalter, still found the net five times from the engine room, whilst he averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 1.4 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes, via WhoScored.
It’s exactly why he’s been lauded as a ‘true midfield warrior’ that can play in any central role.
“He’s an outstanding talent. In the No.6 or No.8 position he has the mentality, a real working mentality that you need,” claimed his former Schalke head coach David Wagner. “And he’s brave on the ball as well. He can be one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.”
Moyes can look to complete his summer business this weekend with a swoop for the 24-cap USA international. He would add some much-needed depth to his midfield armoury of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and the retiring Mark Noble.