Moyes eyes West Ham summer swoop for “complete” £25m titan, he’s an ideal Ogbonna heir – opinion

West Ham United manager David Moyes already has one eye on the summer transfer market as he lines up a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen defender Odilon Kossounou.

What’s the latest on Odilon Kossounou to West Ham?

According to The Sun, West Ham are lining up a summer move for the Bundesliga defender having failed in a bid to bring him to the Premier League in January on a loan deal.

Moyes will face competition from Leicester City and Nottingham Forest for the player and it could cost £25m for any club to prise him away from Germany during the summer.

Could Kossounou replace Angelo Ogbonna at West Ham?

The Italian defender is approaching the final few months of his current contract and having played just 20 times this season, it could well be his final campaign with the club.

He has featured over 200 times for the Hammers since joining back in 2015, however, with Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer arriving last summer, plus youngsters like Luizao and Levi Laing getting closer to the first team, his impact could be even smaller next term if he stayed.

Signing Kossounou could add some further depth to Moyes’ defensive options and despite falling slightly out of favour at the German side this term, starting only nine Bundesliga matches, his form for Club Brugge suggests he is an excellent talent.

In the 2020/2021 campaign, the Ivorian played 33 league matches and averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.96/10, keeping 12 clean sheets and losing possession on average just 7.7 times per game.

He made 1.2 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, and 1.9 clearances per match while winning 56% of his total duels, proving he was a reliable and solid option at the heart of the Brugge defence.

The defender was equally impressive in the Champions League the season before, particularly against Paris Saint-Germain and his agent Patrick Mork praised him for his display against the French side, saying: “He is a special player. For me, he is a complete defender, very fast as he showed last year in the Champions League against a certain (Kylian) Mbappe.”

Pace is clearly a major strength and this is a huge advantage in the Premier League, playing against some of the fastest players in the world such as Erling Haaland.

There is no doubt he could be the ideal player to fill the likely Ogbonna-shaped void in the team next season, and for £25m, it represents a fee that may prove to be a bargain in the near future, especially if he can recapture his form from 2020.


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