West Ham United are ready to target Todd Cantwell as an alternative to important attacking midfield target Jesse Lingard.
According to Claret and Hugh, West Ham United have identified Todd Cantwell as an alternative for top target Jesse Lingard as David Moyes eyes reinforcements in the attacking midfield area.
West Ham United have had a rocking start to the season, flourishing in all competitions they are participating in so far. They have a strong group position in their Europa League campaign while climbing up to third in the Premier League table, after a terrific victory over Liverpool in the previous matchday.
Despite bringing in some quality players during the summer window, David Moyes wants to add reinforcements in other areas during January. The signings of Kurt Zouma might have made the Hammers’ defence strong. Still, the untimely and season-ending injury to Angelo Ogbonna has made Moyes rethink the defence, with links to James Tarkowski doing the rounds.
While the squad might be doing well now, the Hammers need to reinforce in the January window to improve their squad depth. They might have more problems with injuries and suspensions, which might hurt them in their long season.
They were anotably looking for a quality attacking midfielder in the summer, with Jesse Lingard being a top target. But the Englishman opted to remain at Old Trafford, forcing Moyes to settle for Nikola Vlasic late in the window.
Lingard might still be a target, with his contract at Manchester United expiring at the end of the season. However, the Red Devils are reportedly asking for £12 million, while they are set to face stiff competition from Newcastle United and Southampton. As a result, the Hammers are actively scouring the market for potential alternatives.
And it appears their search has now landed them upon Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell, whose current contract expires at the end of the season. The Canaries reportedly demanded £20 million in the summer, but they may have to settle for less in January, as they look to avoid seeing the player leave the club for free next summer.
There are other clubs in the mix, with Arsenal reportedly keeping tabs on the young winger. Aston Villa could also explore the opportunity, as the attacking midfielder might not want to continue at Norwich in the future. The Canaries are at odds to get relegated this season, and the player might want to continue in the Premier League.
He could be a good signing for West Ham or any other side for the long-term, although they might have to fight off competition. The Hammers, though, would ideally favour a move for Lingard, so it will be interesting to see how this transfer saga takes shape within the coming months.