West Ham eye move for Mainz centre-back Moussa Niakhate

West Ham are eyeing the summer transfer of Mainz centre-back Moussa Nyakate, but face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Everton.

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Valencian youth producer Moses Nyakate, 26, played 72 first-team matches before joining Metz in 2017. After just one season with Metz, he was joined by German club Mainz in July 2018.

The former France youth international has quickly become a key figure at the heart of Mainz’s defence, as he made 33 appearances in the Bundesliga in his first campaign. He has been one of Mainz’s captains since the 2019/20 campaign and has made nearly 130 appearances in all competitions so far, scoring eight goals and four assists in the process.

With less than a year left on his contract in Mainz, Nyakate Available At a reduced price of £8m this summer. This season, the 26-year-old defender has made 26 appearances across competitions for the club, scoring three goals. With the Frenchman set to enter the final year of his contract after the current season, a move away from MEWA Arena appears likely.

Meanwhile, West Ham are in a position to finish the season among the European centers of the Premier League. David Moyes’s team is currently sixth in the league, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who has one game in hand. They beat Manchester United on a better goal difference, with the Red Devils also in a game in hand for the Hammers.

David Moyes wants to enhance the options of the central defender

West Ham manager David Moyes wants to add a centre-back to his squad ahead of the 2022/23 season. Angelo Ogbonna is a long-term victim after sustaining an ACL injury during West Ham’s Premier League win over Liverpool last November.

While Moyes has gone on to claim that the defender will never again play this term, there is an outside opportunity for the Italian defender Back to battle Before the end of the season in May. As it stands, though, the Hammers boss had to replace Kurt Zouma, Issa Diop and Craig Dawson at the back in the Premier League and Europa League.

Musa Nyakate will be a £8m sniper

With West Ham keen to sign a central defender as a cover for Obona, Moussa Nyakate is a player worthy of attention.

Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Niakate is a solid, strong, and tough defender who can also work as a left-back when needed. He is strong in the air and has good speed rotation that helps him while doing the recovery rounds. The French player may not be a good passer but his physical characteristics and speed make up for it. Because of his physique and earnest defence, the former Metz man would definitely fit the mold of David Moyes’ signature.

The arrival of Niakati will add much-needed strength in depth in defense next season, while serving as a long-term replacement for aging Obuna. If Moyes and the West Ham board are serious about improving the entire squad in the next transfer window, Niakati for just £8m is a no-brainer.

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