The first signing of the summer is imminent.
“West Ham United are signing Edson Alvarez (25, Ajax),” Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is well versed in the transfer market, reported on Sunday (July 7). The transfer fee is expected to be around £34 million ($565 million), and Alvarez will fly to London for the move within 24 hours.
Alvarez is a “multi-player” for Ajax. His most basic position is defensive midfielder, but he is versatile enough to play right back and center back. He is a solid defender and uses his 6-foot-3 frame to his advantage in the air. He is also an excellent ball carrier, which helps his team build up.
After the end of last season, Alvarez received a lot of interest from big clubs. West Ham were approached by Dortmund and Chelsea, but Dortmund gave up on signing Alvarez. Chelsea only considered Alvarez as an alternative if they failed to sign Moises Caicedo (Brighton & Hove Albion). West Ham have been the most active, and it looks like they’re finally getting their man.
Coincidentally, the Hammers are yet to make a signing this summer. The Declan Rice deal with Arsenal took up a lot of their time. After a long wait, the Hammers got £105 million for Rice. They had a nice chunk of transfer funds.
But no new signings have been made. The reason: “internal conflict. According to British publication The Athletic, head coach David Moyes and recently appointed technical director Tim Steiten had different opinions on player recruitment. Moyes favored a newcomer with Premier League experience, while Steuten wanted a specific player with no experience.
This situation left West Ham fans frustrated. The Hammers needed to find a replacement for Rice as soon as possible, and the signing of Alvarez was imminent. The signing of Alvarez seems like a signing that could calm the fans’ discontent for a while.메이저사이트
Meanwhile, West Ham are also pursuing Harry Maguire. However, the Hammers are struggling to sign Maguire due to the high price tag that United have set for him despite his poor form.