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West Ham United Keeping A Keen Eye On This French Midfielder: Good Option For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, L’Equipe stated that West Ham United are keeping a keen eye on Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso this summer. It is understood that the Hammers could land the French midfield ace if they are willing to make an offer of around €10m for him before the transfer deadline later this month (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Tolisso’s Underwhelming Campaign In German Football

Tolisso endured an injury-plagued season with the Bavarian giants but did well to put in a few impressive displays at the heart of their midfield. The Tarare-born sensation participated in 24 matches for the Munich outfit in the previous campaign, finding the back of the net on three occasions in all competitions.

Most of the 27-year-old’s appearances came off the bench which explains why he only managed to average 1.2 tackles, 0.5 clearances, 0.8 shots and 0.5 key passes per game in the Bundesliga. Still, he deserves credit for being an excellent ball distributor after he made 87.2% of his attempted passes in the top tier of German football (stats via whoscored).

Tolisso has got less than a year remaining in his current contract with Bayern Munich, so the Hammers are in a strong position to recruit him on a cut-price fee this summer. He could be a shrewd addition to David Moyes’ match-day squad as long as the player can avoid getting injured in the coming seasons.

West Ham United keeping a keen eye on Tolisso who is seen in the picture
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Will Tolisso Be A Good Option For The Hammers?

Tolisso can do a little bit of everything at the centre of the park. He is a decent passer of the ball and can get stuck in with a few tackles to earn possession back for his team. The French sensation usually clears his lines when required and can set up some good chances for others around him in the final third. However, he needs to figure out a way to overcome his injury problems and find some form at the top level.

Sealing a move to West Ham could be an ideal opportunity for Tolisso to make a fresh start away from the Allianz Arena. He is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at the London Stadium next season. Plus, the Frenchman would add some serious competition for Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and Mark Noble for a place in Moyes’ first XI.

All in all, Tolisso will be a good option for the East London outfit to consider before the summer transfer window closes on August 31st as he will enhance the overall depth of their squad for the coming seasons. At 27, the Bayern Munich midfielder has still got a lot of football left in him to play at top gear which makes him a clever choice for the Hammers this summer.

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