West Ham United are interested in signing Hamburger SV winger Nicolai Müller. Recent reports are claiming that the Hammers have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the 30-year-old after his club decided not to offer him a new contract. However, David Moyes’ men face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Southampton. Both clubs were strongly linked with the German in the summer but Hamburger SV were not willing to cash in on their prized asset back then.
Nicolai Müller’s current deal with the Bundesliga club runs out at the end of the season. They refused to let him go from Hamburg during the summer with the hope of securing a new deal with the player which would have extended his time in Germany. However, the player fell victim to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the first Bundesliga match of the season and is still yet to recover from it.
According to critically acclaimed German news outlet Bild, as claimed by talkSPORT, Hamburger SV are reluctant to offer him a new contract while he is still out injured and may opt to cash in on him while they can in January. With his current deal with Hamburg set to run out in June 2018, all interested clubs from outside of Germany can begin to hold talks with the player from January 1 as part of a pre-contract agreement with the winger, ahead of a free transfer after the end of this campaign.
The German winger has only featured in 2 matches for Hamburger CV in this campaign due to injury. However, he is a Bundesliga veteran having notched up 163 appearances in the top tier of German football and scoring 37 goals in the process while making 29 assists. The Hamburg midfielder can be an ideal fit for David Moyes’ West Ham United if he can overcome his recent injury problems and rekindle his old form.
The Hammers are currently struggling in the Premier League and sit in 19th place in the Premier League standings, three points off safety. They are in real danger to get relegated and the new manager, David Moyes has failed to overturn their fortunes so far.
The London club lacks creativity and goal-threat from the midfield, which Nicolai Muller can provide but his recent injury is a concern as the Hammers cannot afford to spend money on injury-prone players with a battle for relegation looming in the second half of the season. The Hamburg midfielder also lacks Premier League experience, which will be a worry for the Londoners, if they manage to capture him in January.