In a recent report, Calciomercato stated that West Ham United have opened talks to recruit AC Milan ace Malick Thiaw. It has been claimed that the Hammers are prepared to launch a move for the German central defender this January.
Thiaw’s Impressive Run Of Form At San Siro
The 22-year-old is enjoying a decent campaign at the Milan club as he put in a handful of solid performances at the centre of their backline. Thiaw has been involved in nine matches for his current employers this season in multiple competitions.
The German sensation has been a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 1.1 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game in Serie A football. He has been careful when distributing the ball from inside his half after completing 92.8% of his attempted passes in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).
Thiaw is under contract at San Siro will run out in the summer of 2027 which could make it difficult for West Ham to land him on a cut-price deal.
Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Move In For Thiaw?
Thiaw is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side inside his half. He usually puts his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot.
The German talent is an accurate passer of the ball as well. Hence, it is only logical for West Ham to make an attempt to sign him when the transfer reopens this winter.
We can expect Thiaw to add more bite and steel to David Moyes’ defence. He might even help the East London club challenge on all fronts in the coming seasons.
At 22, Thiaw will only get better with each campaign which makes him a worthy target for West Ham to consider during this January transfer window. However, there are some question marks over whether he can adapt to the physicality and high intensity of the Premier League if the Hammers manage to get him on board next year.
With all things considered, West Ham should think about moving in for the German centre-half at the start of next year.