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West Ham United Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This Serie A Midfielder: Dream Signing For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, La Gazetta dello Sport has revealed that West Ham United are locked in a three-way battle for Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen. It is understood that the Hammers will face competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ajax in pursuit of the former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Eriksen’s Unimpressive Form In Italian Football This Season

Eriksen has endured an underwhelming season at the San Siro as he has struggled to hit top form with his performances so far. He has featured in 12 matches for Inter this term, receiving a total of 373 minutes of playing time across multiple competitions.

The Danish midfield ace has failed to be consistent with his midfield contributions based on his average of 0.5 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.9 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Serie A this season. However, he has been accurate when distributing the ball after making 85% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

The 28-year-old is currently at the peak stage of his playing career, so he is in dire need to ensure regular first-team football which West Ham could guarantee him if he decides to seal a move to the London Stadium this month or at the end of this campaign.

West Ham United locked in a three-way battle for Eriksen who is seen in the photo
Inter Milan’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen warm up prior the UEFA Champions League first round first leg, group B, football match between Inter Milan and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, on October 21, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

What Will The Denmark International Add To Moyes’ Side?

Eriksen can still be one of the best playmakers in Europe when he is playing with confidence on the field. He can whip in some dangerous crosses into the opponent’s penalty box and has got the vision to carve open the opposition defence with a killer pass in the attacking third.

The 103-time Denmark international can also strike the ball purely and with a lot of power, which makes him a potent threat from long range. However, his numbers have dried up at the San Siro this season, so this could be the right time for him to seek a move elsewhere where he will be able to make a fresh start in the hopes of reigniting his form at the highest level.

Will Eriksen Be A Dream Signing For The Hammers?

Currently, Eriksen is not playing at his best, but David Moyes could get him back to his high standards in the Premier League where he has already proven his worth during his time with Tottenham Hotspur. The Danish playmaker will drastically improve the quality of the Hammers first-team and could potentially ensure them a top-half finish in the Premier League table in the coming seasons. At 28, he still has a handful of years left in him to play at top gear which makes him a dream signing for the East London outfit to consider in January or next summer.

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